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17 February 2007 :: 20:02:27 pm 29707

Ex-Thaksin aide to kick-start sufficiency economy talks with Japan, China

BANGKOK, Feb 17 – A former top aide to ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said his first job as an economic adviser to the military-installed government would be to explain Thailand‘s economic policy, especially the sufficiency economic theory, to two of its most important trading partners – Japan and China.
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Somkid Jatusripitak, who was deputy prime minister and commerce minister in the Thaksin administration toppled by the military last September, was appointed Thursday as chairman of the International Economic Relations Committee.

The appointment raised a few eyebrows as he was one of Mr. Thaksin’s closest aides and was named by the former prime minister early last year as a possible successor. He quit the former ruling party, Thai Rak Thai, two weeks after the coup.

Mr. Somkid called the first meeting of the nine-member committee Friday and told a press conference afterwards that his priority would be to help improve understanding of Thailand’s economic policies aboard and to help strengthen economic ties with Thailand’s key trading partners.

He stressed that his job would not overlap with what state agencies were doing, but would indeed supplement their work.

Mr. Somkid said he planned to travel to China and Japan soon to explain the interim government’s economic policy, especially the so-called sufficiency economic theory.

It was necessary to convince foreign governments and investors that Thailand remained the best destination for overseas visitors and for direct foreign investment, he stated.

“Some countries have inaccurate facts about Thailand, and many of them have long been our allies. I believe that if we maintain close links, our trading partners won’t leave us,” Mr. Somkid said.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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