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NCPO terminated as new cabinet meet today

The National Council for Peace and Order was terminated today. Gen Prayut yesterday delivered a speech via the TV Pool of Thailand to thank all sectors for their cooperation over the last five years.

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BANGKOK (NNT) – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha today called a meeting of his new cabinet immediately after the swearing-in ceremony.

The National Council for Peace and Order was terminated today. Gen Prayut yesterday delivered a speech via the TV Pool of Thailand to thank all sectors for their cooperation over the last five years.

The prime minister and NCPO chairman cited the royal appointments of him as prime minister and of his cabinet ministers as the first government following the March 24 election.

However, the new government is yet to attend a policy debate in parliament before it begins work.

Upon today’s swearing-in ceremony for the new government before His Majesty the King, the old one and the NCPO are terminated.

As head of the NCPO and the former government, Gen Prayut thanked the people, public and private sectors for their cooperation with the NCPO and government in measures to solve social and economic problems.

He said Thailand is now under democratic rule with a constitutional monarchy and the House of Representatives.

The premier confirmed that a cabinet meeting immediately followed today’s audience with His Majesty the King for the swearing-in ceremony.

The meeting was designed for cabinet ministers to learn of protocols and government policy matters. He said the new government is carrying out the tasks of the old one.

Meanwhile, the PM commented that the policy statement to be delivered and debated in parliament on July 25 is not a censure debate.

It remains to be seen how many days it may take for legislators to debate the government’s policy statement, pending consideration in parliament. The premier said he supports amendments to the constitution, some sections of which might be controversial.

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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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