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Thailand ready to Support “ASEAN Business Travel Card”

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ASEAN leaders called for support for the establishment of visa-free travel in ASEAN countries for ASEAN nationals and ASEAN immigration lanes

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Thailand has expressed its support for the development of an ASEAN Business Travel Card to ease the movement of ASEAN business people and investors.

In the weekly program “Yingluck Government Meets the People,” broadcast on the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT) and Radio Thailand on 27 April 2013, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra spoke about her participation in the 22nd ASEAN Summit in Brunei Darussalam on 24-25 April.

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ASEAN leaders called for support for the establishment of visa-free travel in ASEAN countries for ASEAN nationals and ASEAN immigration lanes

She said that ASEAN connectivity was one of major topics of discussion at the summit. Concerning the ASEAN Business Travel Card, she said, the concept was proposed by Brunei Darussalam, as Chairman of the 22nd ASEAN Summit.

The Prime Minister was of the opinion that it would facilitate travel among investors within the region and accelerate ASEAN connectivity. Thailand has already introduced exclusive “ASEAN Lanes” at Suvarnabhumi International Airport for ASEAN nationals.

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ASEAN leaders called for support for the establishment of visa-free travel in ASEAN countries for ASEAN nationals and ASEAN immigration lanes. They also acknowledged the continued efforts in considering the proposal for an ASEAN Common Visa for non-ASEAN nationals that will facilitate business mobility and tourism.

Prime Minister Yingluck stated that, when the ASEAN Community is in place in 2015, other countries are likely to become more interested in investing in this region.

The question is how all ASEAN partners should work together as a family to promote investment.

Cooperation in boosting connectivity and reducing various gaps within the region will be needed

On the part of Thailand, she said, Thailand proposed the two-trillion-baht investment in infrastructure mega-projects. This concept involves ASEAN connectivity, linking Thailand with neighboring countries. As for connectivity under the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT), there are three projects being studied. They include the development of the Na Klua port in Trang province, the development of a logistics center in Thung Song district of Nakhon Si Thammarat province, and the construction of a motorway from Hat Yai to Sadao in Songkhla province.

As ASEAN approaches to the establishment of the ASEAN Community, the Prime Minister said that a high-level task force would be set up to review and make recommendations on ways to strengthen all ASEAN organs in helping ASEAN Member States to fully implement their commitments to realize the ASEAN Community and to better prepare ASEAN to meet the challenges of the future.

Regarding the situation in the South China Sea, the Prime Minister said that, Thailand, as the coordinator of ASEAN-China relations, proposed to host a dialogue to ensure the peaceful resolution of disputes in the South China Sea, taking into account the importance of the 10th anniversary of the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership in 2013.

via ASEAN Corner — Thailand Supports “ASEAN Business Travel Card”.

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Joint Press Release ASEAN, Canada, UN Women jointly launch 5-year programme to advance Women, Peace and Security Agenda
Jakarta/Ottawa/New York, 24 February 2021 – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Canada and UN Women jointly launched today a five-year programme to expand and strengthen women’s leadership and participation in conflict prevention, resolution and recovery in South-East Asia.

The CAD 8.5 million (US $6.36 million) programme, “Empowering women for sustainable peace: preventing violence and promoting social cohesion in ASEAN”, is funded by Global Affairs Canada to support ASEAN and the implementation of the ASEAN-Canada Plan of Action 2021-2025, with the support of UN Women as a lead UN partner.

“Canada is proud to launch this flagship initiative that uses the women, peace and security approach to promote inclusive and sustainable peace and security in the region, while addressing the systemic gender inequality,” said Diedrah Kelly, Canada’s Ambassador to ASEAN.

ASEAN has made important strides to advance women, peace and security agenda, including the adoption of the first ‘Joint Statement on Promoting Women, Peace and Security in ASEAN’ in 2017, the launch of the ASEAN Women’s Peace Registry in 2018, and convening the first ASEAN Symposium on Women, Peace and Security in 2019 and the ASEAN Ministerial Dialogue on Strengthening Women’s role for Sustainable Peace and Security in 2020.

Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi said, “ASEAN is working concertedly to advance women, peace and security agenda across the three ASEAN Community Pillars as part of our commitment to promote gender equality and the roles of women in the implementation of the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework.”

The COVID-19 impact has increased the risks for women and girls in fragile and conflict-affected contexts and this challenges us to re-examine threats to human security. “The pandemic highlights the important linkage between peace, humanitarian and development and the critical need for women’s leadership and participation to ensure effective and comprehensive response, from policy decision-making to peace building and pandemic response,” said Jamshed Kazi, UN Women Representative and Liaison to ASEAN.

The new programme reflects the commitment of ASEAN and Canada to promote gender equality and to respond to an increasingly widespread calls across the globe for women to be empowered to lead and participate in peace and development.

ASEAN includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

For more information, please contact:
Montira Narkvichien
Regional Communications Specialist
UN Women Asia and the Pacific
Tel: +66 2 288 1579 | Mobile: +66 81 6688900 | Email: [email protected]

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