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DEEP SOUTH
Emphasizing Strategies in Tackling Problems in the Deep South

12 June 2017 (Readers 335)

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha stressed that the Government and the National Council for Peace and Order have adopted the royal advice of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej as guidance in handling the situation in the southern border provinces.
 
In his national address on 9 June 2017, the Prime Minister cited unrest in the deep South as an internal problem, saying that the problem had accumulated over the years and that the situation directly undermined national security.
 
In handling the southern situation, the royal advice to "understand, reach out, and develop” and the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy have been adopted as the Government’s central strategy. He said that the royal approach of King Rama IX focuses on balanced development in all areas, be they economy, social affairs, the environment, or national security.
 
In other strategies, the Government has adopted the "politics leads the military” approach in peace-building operations. The strategies also seek to protect the people’s lives and property; ensure justice; create better understanding within and outside the country; develop education, religion, and culture; improve the people’s quality of life; find solutions to conflicts; and increase the efficiency of the public sector in advancing the Government’s policies.
 
The Prime Minister explained that economic and social development under a project in the "Triangle of Stability, Prosperity, and Sustainability” was one of the Government’s major polices to bring lasting peace to the southern border provinces. The project is as important as the development of the 10 special economic zones across the country and the Eastern Economic Corridor.
 
He said that the Triangle of Stability, Prosperity, and Sustainability emphasized the people-centered approach, based on His Majesty King Bhumibol’s concept of "explosion from within.” The project is being carried out in the three southern border provinces, in harmony with the conditions and social context of the country.
 
It aims to develop the three southern border provinces as special economic areas. Apart from stimulating local investment, the project is also intended to upgrade the local people’s quality of life. Under this project, Nong Chik in Pattani will be developed into a model agricultural industry city, Su-ngai Kolok in Narathiwat a model international border trade city, and Betong in Yala a model sustainable development city.
 
Moreover, the Prime minister said that the project would also link with the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle Project and China’s "One Belt, One Road” initiative, which would connect 64 countries, from Asia to Europe and Africa.
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