Thailand will host the 8th ASEAN Skills Competition in 2010, in response to a request from member countries. Thailand was originally due to host the 9th ASEAN Skills Competition in 2012, but the Philippines, as the next host, failed to confirm its intention at the Technical Committee Meeting in October 2007 and April 2008.
The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been holding the ASEAN Skills Competition on a biannual basis since 1995, starting with Malaysia as the first host. The competition is aimed at giving participants a chance to demonstrate their talents and skills in 19 work categories, including automobile technology, beauty therapy, bricklaying, cabinet making, graphic design technology, industrial electronics, and dressmaking. Winners receive gold, silver, and bronze medals. Also to be awarded are medal of excellence and the best country medal.
The Cabinet on February 17 endorsed the Ministry of Labor’s proposal to host the eighth competition in 2010. The Ministry reported that at the Technical Committee Meeting prior to the seventh competition in Malaysia in October 2007, and later in April 2008, the Philippines, which had planned to hold the eighth competition, did not send a representative, nor did it confirm its intention to play host to the event. The meeting therefore asked Thailand to take up the role of the next host in 2010.
A total budget of 250 million baht has been requested as expenditure for the event. The Department of Skill Development is starting the preparations in April this year, utilizing six million baht; 244 million baht will be requested in the 2010 fiscal year, as advised by the Bureau of the Budget.
The Ministry of Labor cited benefits to be derived by Thailand in hosting this important ASEAN event in terms of human resource development, tourism, and the show of the country’s potentials and good image in the world arena.