PHUKET: Efforts to build a world-class convention and exhibition center in Phuket remain mired in red tape, and a recent visit to the proposed project site by two Government advisers raises little hope that the work will begin any time soon if ever.

The latest twist in the decades-old saga came with a visit to the proposed project site in Mai Khao yesterday by Wuttipong Chaisaeng, adviser to Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit, and Dr Boon Wanasin, president of the advisory committee for deputy prime ministers.

Accompanying the advisers during their visit were Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha, Phuket Provincial Office chief Prajiad Aksornthammakul, and Somporn Tansakul, chief of Mai Khao Village 5, which covers the project site in Tah Chat Chai.

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