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ASEAN Library Project in Honor of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

26 May 2015

The Department of Trade Negotiations has launched an ASEAN Library Project in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to celebrate her 60th birthday anniversary in 2015.
The project has been carried out at secondary schools in the provinces that are located in economic development areas and special economic zones.
In the initial stage, it covers four provinces, namely Phetchaburi, Phetchabun, Kanchanaburi, and Surin. Later, the Department decided to expand the project to cover six more provinces, namely Nakhon Ratchasima, Tak, Sa Kaeo, Nakhon Sawan, Songkhla, and Nonthaburi.
On 31 December 2015, the ASEAN Community will be in place, comprising three pillars, namely the ASEAN Political-Security Community, the ASEAN Economic Community, and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community. The 10 ASEAN members include Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
The ASEAN Community will become a large market, with a population of more than 600 million. The Department of Trade Negotiations, under the Ministry of Commerce, deems it necessary to spread knowledge about the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in order to prepare all sectors of Thai society for regional integration.
It intends to develop the ASEAN Library Project as learning centers to provide knowledge and information about ASEAN, especially AEC and the mobility of ASEAN professionals. It is expected that visitors will have better understanding and proper knowledge about various issues concerning ASEAN.
The ASEAN library, under this project, consists of an exhibition, a reading corner, media materials, and film screening. Educational institutions and nearby communities are invited to visit the library, which can be further developed as a center for ASEAN education in the future.
ASEAN is one of Thailands top markets. Thai exports to the other nine ASEAN countries account for 26 percent of the countrys international trade. The Thai government has urged the private sector to gain benefits from the implementation of AEC. It is accelerating infrastructure development and the opening of special economic zones in border areas, as a way to facilitate trade and investment in this region.
Skill development is also being emphasized, as the arrival of the ASEAN Community will lead to greater demand for high-quality labor in various industries. There will be greater mobility of skilled workers who move across national boundaries within the region, as well.
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