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DEEP SOUTH
Peacebuilding in Small Areas in the Southern Border Provinces

3 July 2020 (Readers 308)


The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) has been mobilizing efforts for peacebuilding in small areas in the southern border provinces, with the participation of local people and civil society.

SBPAC on 1 July 2020 organized a program to develop the potential of members of the civil society network in 40 target areas and to broaden their knowledge of sustainable peacebuilding. The program took place in Mueang district, Pattani province.

It was intended to provide an opportunity for representatives of civil society to work together in formulating an action plan to support peacebuilding in 40 districts: 16 in Yala, 12 in Pattani, seven in Narathiwat, and five in Songkhla.

SBPAC Secretary-General Rear Admiral Somkiat Pholprayoon emphasized His Majesty King Rama IXs concept of "explosion from within in building peace in the deep South.

In this concept, development and stability should first be created within each locality, which is a small area, before being expanded to subdistrict, district, provincial, and national levels.

He explained that the mobilization efforts for peacebuilding in small areas aim to support the project to promote stability, prosperity, and sustainability in the southern border provinces. The project has been carried out jointly by the private sector, civil society, and the people as the major mechanism.

Under this project, public forums have been organized to implement peacebuilding plans and propose projects to bring happiness to local people in the deep South, with an emphasis on upgrading local peoples quality of life to achieve the goal of stability, prosperity, and sustainability.

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