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THAILAND ON GLOBAL STAGE
Thailand Joins the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Retreat

25 January 2015 (Readers 888)
 

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn will attend the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Retreat (AMM Retreat), to be held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, on 27-28 January 2015

The invitation to the AMM Retreat was extended by Malaysian Foreign Minister Dato Sri Anifah Haji Aman as ASEAN Chair in 2015.

A report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the retreat is the first ASEAN meeting at the ministerial level to be held in 2015. General Tanasak will discuss and exchange views with his ASEAN counterparts on various issues, including the completion of the ASEAN Community building process and the development of the Post-2015 Vision.

This meeting will also explore ways and means to enhance cooperation and capacities of ASEAN Member States to effectively address regional and global challenges including terrorism, transnational crimes, and natural disasters, and to promote sustainable development.

Furthermore, the meeting will discuss ASEAN centrality in the context of its relations with external partners and the evolving regional architecture, amidst changes in the regional landscape and beyond.

At the retreat, Thailand will follow up on the issues raised by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the 25th ASEAN Summit in Nay Pyi Taw in November 2014. These issues include the development of the Post-2015 Vision, ASEAN connectivity, the establishment of special economic zones along border areas, peoples agenda for ASEAN Community building process, and measures to address non-traditional security threats.

In other news, a Thai delegation, comprising Deputy Prime Minister M.R. Pridiyathorn Devakula, Energy Minister Narongchai Akrasanee, and Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Petipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya joined the world leaders gathering at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting held in Davos from 21 to 24 January 2015.

Thailand took this opportunity to present its progress in national development and reform agenda as Thailand is continuing its journey toward a strengthened democracy under good governance, transparency, and accountability.

At this Forum, the Deputy Prime Minister attended several sessions on the development of the ASEAN Community, the global political and economic trends, as well as digital economy, which is one of the priority areas of the Thai government.

The sessions included "The ASEAN Agenda, "The End of Democracy?, "Fundamental of the Internet Economy, "Europe's Twin Challenges: Growth and Stability," "Asia Growth Market," and "The Future of the Digital Economy.

Since 2009, Thai Prime Ministers and Ministers have continuously participated in the Davos and other WEF meetings. In 2012, Thailand hosted the WEF on East Asia under the theme "Shaping the Regions Future through Connectivity. This demonstrates Thailands active engagement in global economic fora and WEF.


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