Various Countries Offer to Help Solve Problems Concerning the Mekong Basin

Various countries, institutions, and organizations have shown their intention to help solve problems concerning the development and management of the Mekong Basin’s water and related resources.

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Thailand to Host the First Mekong River Commission Summit

Thailand will host the first Mekong River Commission Summit in Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, on April 4 and 5. The Cabinet has given the green light to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to organize the summit, in cooperation with the Mekong River Commission Secretariat.

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Thailand Is Gearing up for the 8th ASEAN Skills Competition

Thailand will host the 8th ASEAN Skills Competition during 18-24 November 2010. The competition is aimed at upgrading workers’ skills in the region to an international standard and promoting the development of vocational skills and work values among youth and skilled workers.

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Thailand Ready to Enhance ASEAN Connectivity and Centrality

Thailand has emphasized the importance of connectivity development in Asia, which will benefit peoples in the region. It also joined the ASEAN Economic Ministers in exerting more effort toward enhancing ASEAN centrality in the light of the evolving regional economic architecture in the East Asia/Asia-Pacific region.

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A Hotline to Receive Complaints and Questions on the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement

Starting on January 8, the Ministry of Commerce has opened a hotline to receive complaints and questions on the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA), which was fully implemented by six ASEAN members, namely Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, on 1 January 2010.

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Thailand’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN Sees Good Prospects for ASEAN Cooperation

Thailand’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN, Mr. Manasvi Srisodapol, sees good prospects for ASEAN cooperation in 2010, when six members of ASEAN can import and export almost all goods across their borders with no tariff. Mr. Manasvi presented his letter of credentials to the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, at a ceremony held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on 4 January 2010.

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Thailand’s Accomplishments within ASEAN during the Past Year and a Half

Thailand handed over the ASEAN chairmanship to Vietnam on 31 December 2009 after it had completed its term as the chair of ASEAN over the past year and a half. Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya has summarized Thailand’s accomplishments within ASEAN under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

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Government to Closely Monitor Impacts of Thailand’s Free Trade with ASEAN

The Government will closely monitor impacts of Thailand’s free trade with ASEAN and work out measures to help affected businesses, while enhancing the competitiveness of Thai entrepreneurs.

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Thai-Chinese Trade in Agricultural Goods Contributing to Economic Relations between ASEAN and China

Thailand is actively promoting agricultural trade opportunities with China after the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the promotion and control of agricultural goods with China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine in November 2009.

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Thailand to Host the Second BIMSTEC Meeting on the Network of National Centers of Coordination in Traditional Medicine

Thailand will host the Second Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) on the Network of National Centers of Coordination in Traditional Medicine in 2010. Its offer to host the meeting was welcomed at the 12th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting, held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on December 10 and 11.



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