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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra highlighted a mutual relationship and economic relations between Thailand and China, saying bilateral trade values between the two nations reached 1.9 trillion baht.

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During the seminar organized by the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra highlighted a mutual relationship and economic relations between Thailand and China, saying bilateral trade values between the two nations reached 1.9 trillion baht.

Ms. Yingluck stressed that such high trade records show both countries have been enjoying close and strong relations, while expressing hope to see a continuity in cooperation between the two in the future.

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra

The Prime Minister delivered policy speech, clarifying 4-point strategy to drive Thailand forward.

 

As for the direction of strategies to drive Thailand forward, PM Yingluck said the government is determined to turn Thailand’s status as a middle-income to a high-income country and to achieve an annual economic growth of 5-6%.

In addition, the Prime Minister stated a plan to develop Thailand to become the world’s center of food security while maintaining and boosting the connection of the country’s industrial sector with China’s through improved public transport system.

Moreover, the Thai government has come up with strategies to reduce social inequality and to turn Thailand into ASEAN’s investment center as well. สำนักข่่าวแห่งชาติ : PM Yingluck delivers strategies to drive Thailand forward

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Saturday urged the public to have confidence in the government’s plans and measures to address the possible power supply crisis in April because of an expected disruption of natural gas supplied from Myanmar.

The premier, on her weekly TV programme “Yingluck Government Meets the People,” said that the government has urged the pubic to help save energy and is seeking additional power supply reserves to ease the impact of a possible power shortage on April 5. April 5 was expected to be a peak period for electricity usage and risked blackouts in some areas of Bangkok and in some parts of southern region, she said.

The government has asked for cooperation from state enterprises and government offices to save energy by reducing the usage of power and raising the temperature setting of air conditioners, said the premier.

She added that the government has also requested factories suspend their production on April 5 to reduce the burden on the power supply.

Ms Yingluck said she believed that after April 5, the country would enter the holiday festival of Songkran and the power usage would be reduced.

She said the government has prepared measures in response to the worst case scenario by reserving bunker oil and diesel full to run supplementary power plants.

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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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