With the coming of the ASEAN Community, Thai coffee growers are likely to face greater competition. The Department of Agriculture has suggested that they increase productivity and seek ways to reduce production costs.
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security is joining hands with other relevant agencies in working out guidelines for dealing with urgent problems concerning children who are likely to be affected by the arrival of the ASEAN Community.
The number of elephants is on the decline. There is a strong need to protect them from extinction. The Forest Industry Organization will organize an event to raise and sustain public awareness of the importance of elephants.
The Ministry of Commerce is joining hands with private organizations and other government agencies in launching a pilot project to develop Khon Kaen province into an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) city.