The prime minister's comments were made during his weekly talk program and in context to the government’s readiness to address the European Union’s assessment of the Thai government's crackdown on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
Gen Prayut said he believed the EU would notice positive changes in the country’s fishing industry as a result of the ongoing efforts to stem illegal fishing. The PM explained that the government had prepared assistance measures for operators affected by its campaign which entails enforcement of the law.
PM Prayut added the government was ready to answer any questions the EU may have and to clarify its policy and plans to overhaul the country’s marine fishing industry as well as to suppress the use of forced labor on board boats at sea.
The EU representatives are vetting fishing activities in Thailand between October 13 to 22.
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