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Vol. 24 No.2
April - June 2007

ISSN 0125-0159


Editorial
Editor’s Note
International Forum
Thailand Moving with ASEAN Towards a Caring and Sharing Society
Leadership
Prayong Ronnarong: Prime Example of a Community Leader
Interview
BOI and Its Important Roles in Promoting Investors in Global Business Arenas
Special Feature
China - ASEAN Cooperation Program
Human Security
Protecting the Rights of Immigrant Workers
Foreign Relations
The Second Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge: A New Link between Thailand and Its Close Neighbors
Energy
Trends of Energy Use and Development in Thailand
Thai Touch
Ko Phra Thong: A Savanna Paradise



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Editor’s Note

In this second issue, our editorial department again gathers wide-ranging and absorbing stories for our readers. The issue begins with an overview on foreign investment in Thailand. Mr. Satit Chanjavanakul, the secretary-general of the Board of Investment, speaks about the confidence foreign investors have in Thailand, especially those in the automotive industry.


On relations with neighboring countries, we have a raft of articles: the opening of the Second Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge, part of the transnational route from Mukdahan to Savannakhet, Hue, and Hoi An; the arrival of a Chinese media delegation conducting a China-ASEAN Cooperation Tour and reporting on the arts, cultures, and simple lifestyles of Thai people; the ASEAN ministerial meeting in Indonesia; and the issue of immigrant workers, who need fair treatment and sincere approaches to solving their problems.

Alternative energy continues to be a highlight, so we introduce new energy projects in Thailands southern province of Krabi. A subject we cannot skip is Sufficiency Economy. This time, we tell it through Prayong Ronnarong, a local intellect who introduced the idea of Sufficiency Economy firstly to neighbors in his Mai Riang community and later to the general public, over 20 years ago. He is also a recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership. We conclude this issue with beautiful pictures of Ko Phra Thong Island, a tropical island with a golden savanna.

All in all, its a combination that is hard to beat, and still more interesting stories are coming in the next issue. See you then.



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