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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s first trip abroad since his election will be to Southeast Asia, despite his desire to make the United States his first destination.

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Visiting Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra on Wednesday and her Japanese counterpart Yoshihiko Noda jointly attended the full plenary of the bilateral meeting of Thai and Japanese delegates. The two leaders then held a joint news conference.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s first trip abroad since his election will be to Southeast Asia, despite his desire to make the United States his first destination.

Abe will visit Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia later this month, according to reports in the Japanese media.

According to Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, he had to put off a U.S. visit because of “scheduling difficulties” with U.S. President Barack Obama.

Thailand's Board of Investment (BOI) has launched a roadshow campaign, starting in Japan, to boost foreign investors' confidence along with promoting the country's tourism image.

Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) has launched a roadshow campaign in 2012, starting in Japan, to boost foreign investors’ confidence along with promoting the country’s tourism image.

“While I want to go to the United States as soon as possible and hold a summit to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance, I’ve broadened the scope of my schedule, partly because of the circumstances [on the U.S. side],” Abe told reporters in Tokyo Tuesday.

A U.S. visit could come in February, according to reports.

“What’s really important here is that, in contrast to his previous administration, he’s decided not to visit China,” said Mireya Solis, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and associate professor at American University focusing on Japan studies.

via Japanese PM to Visit Southeast Asia First.

During 2012 Japan remained the top investor in Thailand with 474 projects registered by the BOI worth Bt210.8 billion, an increase of 120 per cent from Bt.97.3 billion last year. This is in line with the previous survey by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce predicting that total Japanese investment value in the first half of this year would exceed Bt100 billion.

Japan Remains Top Investor in Thailand

Most of the approved investment applications submitted by Japanese investors were in BOI-targeted industries such as automotive and auto parts, metal products, electronics and electrical appliances, food, plastic products, and R&D. For example, large Japanese companies making investment this year are Nippon Steel Galvanizing (Thailand) Co.; Panasonic Manufacturing (Thailand) Co.; Funai (Thailand) Co., Ltd.; NEC Tokin Electronics (Thailand) Co., Ltd; Toshiba Semiconductor (Thailand) Co., Ltd.; Ajinomoto Frozen Foods (Thailand) Co.; and JSR BST Elastomer Co., Ltd.

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Thailand to further ease COVID-19 restrictions

The Cabinet approved to ease the level of control over the country under the COVID-19 situation including relaxing businesses and activities in 4 areas.

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The Cabinet approved to ease the level of control over the country under the COVID-19 situation including relaxing businesses and activities in 4 areas.

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BoI plans more efforts to promote BCG economy

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BANGKOK (NNT) – The Board of Investment (BoI) is working with related agencies to rev up promotion of the bio-, circular and green (BCG) economy to help drive growth over the next 5 years.

BoI Secretary-General Duangjai Asawachintachit said the BoI is looking into more business categories for high technology as part of efforts to promote the BCG economy.

She said the government is focused on developing the bio-economy as Thailand has more than 30 million people working in the farm sector, yet most of them remain in poverty.

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ASEAN, Canada, UN Women launch 5-year programme to advance Women, Peace and Security Agenda

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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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