The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) development lies at the heart of Thailand 4.0 scheme. The EEC is an area based development initiative, aiming to provide state of the art infrastructure upgrades in the well-known Eastern Seaboard region of Thailand, namely Chachoengsao, Chonburi, and Rayong Province - a key driver of Thailand’s economy and competitiveness. The area is already home to long-established automobile and electronics factories and clusters, and light industries.
The government, with the support of private sector, plans to invest in massive infrastructure projects such as U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya Intl Airport Expansion and aerotropolis, Map Ta Phut port expansion, Laem Chabang port expansion, double track railways, the high-speed rail and intercity motorway, and others.
Alongside these noteworthy infrastructure upgrade plans, the EEC also aims to foster leaps in productivity and enhance Thailand's involvement in value added industries backed by research, development and innovation. It targets 12 innovative industries dubbed as the new "S-Curve". They include Next-Generation cars; Intelligent electronics; High-wealth tourism and medical tourism; Efficiency Agriculture and Biotech; Food Innovation; Robots; Aviary devices and parts, Biofuels and Biomedical devices, to name but a few.
Coming on the heels of Industry 4.0, the digital transformation drive in the country intends to grab hold of unprecedented economic opportunities in the future.