Songkhla Province in Southern Thailand

Lying some 950 kilometers south of Bangkok, Songkhla, with a population of about 1.36 million, is a major seaside city, connecting with Kedah State of Malaysia. It has emerged as the economic center of the lower southern region and it is worth a visit in all seasons.

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Thai Government’s Policy and Strategies for Dealing with the Southern Situation

Over nine years ago, violent incidents erupted in the deep South of Thailand on 4 January 2004, when a group of armed perpetrators launched raids on a military camp in Cho-airong district, Narathiwat province, attempting to attack authorities, seize government firearms, and instigate instability. Following the arms theft, the three southern border provinces of Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat, and some districts of Songkhla became the scenes of violence, and the conflicts have dragged on to this day.

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Five Southern Border Provinces Special Zone

Realizing that the five southern border provinces have a distinctive culture different from the culture in other parts of Thailand, the Thai government came up with a strategy to establish the Five Southern Border Provinces Special Zone in order to specially handle development work in this area, in response to the real needs of local residents and in an effort to resolve the southern situation.

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Potential of Thailand’s Southern Economy and Its Connection with ASEAN

Rich in natural resources, southern Thailand is situated between two oceans – the Indian and the Pacific oceans. Maritime transport plays a very important role in the southern economy, and efforts have been made to link the two oceans together through the southern region of Thailand.

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Japan Urged to Invest More in Thailand and Invited to Invest in the Dawei Deep-Sea Port

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has urged Japan to invest more in Thailand, especially in the 350-billion-baht water resource management and 2.2-trillion-baht infrastructure mega-projects.

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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Calls on Asia to Direct Its Investments to Build Connectivity

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has proposed that Asia should direct its investments to build connectivity, both on land and sea, since Asia is mostly a large land continent covering two oceans, the Indian, and the Pacific.

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Thailand and Japan Discuss Investment in Dawei Special Economic Zone Project

Thailand and Japan have discussed possible Japanese investment in the Dawei Special Economic Zone project in Myanmar.

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Buddhist Leaders Urged to Promote Education

The Bangkok Declaration of the Tenth Anniversary Celebrations of the United Nations Day of Vesak calls on Buddhist leaders to strengthen their ongoing noble mission to promote education, as well as social and humanitarian development for sustainable world peace.

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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Visits Japan

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is on a working visit to Japan from 22 to 25 May 2013 for the 19th International Conference on “The Future of Asia” in Tokyo.

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Thailand Rice Convention 2013

The Department of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce, is scheduled to organize Thailand Rice Convention 2013 between 26 and 28 May 2013 in the northern province of Chiang Mai.



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