Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha stated that development must begin with building strength from within and, at the same time, ensure that neighbors grow together.
The Prime Minister shared his views on sustainable development in his intervention at the BRICS Summit and Emerging Economies and Developing Countries Dialogue on 5 September 2017 in Xiamen, Peopleís Republic of China.
He said that the key to sustainable development is self-reliance. Thailand adheres to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadejís Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, or SEP, that highlights moderation, reason, and resilience, based on wisdom and virtue.
With this philosophy, he said, his government has strengthened the country by emphasizing people-centered development policies that are economically, socially, and environmentally balanced, while upgrading infrastructure and prioritizing national reform.
During its G77 chairmanship last year, Thailand shared its SEP development experience and it stands ready to cooperate with BRICS to assist third countries, through international cooperation and private sector engagement, including public, private, and people partnership.
The Prime Minister said that Thailand believes that it has to prosper together with its neighboring countries, ASEAN, and the international community. Therefore, the "Thailand + 1Ē policy aims to expand investment and cooperation with its international partners to its neighbors by drawing upon each countryís strengths.
He pointed out that forging partnerships to enhance comprehensive connectivity is important for ensuring inclusive and sustainable growth. Such partnerships will help expand transportation and communication opportunities, and access to education and businesses, as well as spreading development and equal income distribution to all sectors, reducing gaps, and uplifting peopleís livelihoods.
Thailandís geographical location allows it to serve as a link between ASEAN and other regions. The Prime Minister also proposed that BRICS build partnerships to develop smart human capital through educational cooperation, including vocational training, exchange programs, and cooperation between educational institutions and the private sector. This will promote the capacity and skills of the workforce, to meet the demands of the market and digital society, while cooperation in R&D will allow appropriate and affordable transfer of technology.
BRICS is an association of countries that has emerged onto the global stage, consisting of countries that are among the foremost emerging markets in the world. The first summit was held in 2009 with Brazil, Russia, India, and China as the initial members.