Rural-Urban Linkages Pertaining to Manufacturing in Bangkok Mega-Urban Region: A Case Study of Pathum Thani Province

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Peamsook Sanit


The objective of the research is to study the linkages between rural and urban areas effecting on the
production of small-scale manufacturing in rural area of Pathum Thani as part of the Northern Extended Bangkok
Metropolitan Region. This study bases on the Forward and Backward Production Linkages concept. A survey
is conducted by using questionnaire methods to gather data from entrepreneurs in the study area. The result of
research finds that the rural small-scale manufacturing in the Northern Extended Bangkok Metropolitan Region
mostly relate to Bangkok, a major city, in terms of flow of people and goods. In addition, there are other linkages
between other cities located along the Phaholyothin Road, such as Rangsit, Muang Pathum Thani, and Khong
Luang, extended to some parts of Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya. Furthermore, the study finds that the Eastern
Extended Bangkok Metropolitan Region along Bangna-Trad Road, covering Samut Prakan, Chon Buri, and
Rayong provinces, is considerably significant to the rural small-scale manufacturing as well. As a result, it is
concluded that the rural small-scale manufacturing in the study area has a connection with suppliers and
customers in urban area located directly in both the Northern Extended Bangkok Metropolitan Region and the
Eastern Extended Bangkok Metropolitan Region.
It is suggested that there should be strategic plans for the administrative management of the extended
metropolitan regions based on current trends to control the infrastructure development and to promote the
important local manufacturing. Also, the potential of rural-urban linkages pertaining to manufacturing in both
regions can be a guideline in order to efficiently develop a policy framework for the extended metropolitan
region in the future.


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