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01 February 2009 :: 15:02:07 pm 39246

Pm Briefs International Media About Thai Political Situation

DAVOS, Feb 1 - On the last day of his visit to the renowned Davos world summit of economic leaders and thinkers, Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva met representatives of the international media and briefed them regarding the kingdom's domestic political situation.
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Mr. Abhisit was in Davos January 30-February 1 to attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), where he carried his understanding of Thai political realities to a world media community.

In Davos, the 13 international journalists who met the Thai prime minister included representatives of media leader magazines, newspapers and news agencies Agence-France Press (AFP), Dow Jones, Financial Times, Fortune, International Herald Tribune, LeMonde, and Newsweek.

Mr. Abhisit told Thai reporters after meeting the international media that the foreign media were interested in Thailand’s political situation, the Rohingya illegal migrant issue, the continuing prosecution of ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD or Red Shirts) protest.

The prime minister said he had told the foreign media that Thailand’s political situation was becoming gradually better in the time since the new government took office. He said, however, that despite the difficulties his government has strong intentions to go ahead to tackle the problems.

As for ex-prime minister Thaksin, Mr. Abhisit said the government would ensure the fair treatment for all people and urged Mr. Thaksin to return to Thailand to fight within the legal system against the cases he faces. (TNA)

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A CLEAR DIRECTION SET TO RESTORE THAILAND?S ECONOMY (30/01/2009)

The Government has set a clear direction to restore Thailand’s economy. Prime Minister Abhist Vejjajiva is taking this message to the rest of the world to boost confidence in Thailand, particularly at the World Economic Forum, being held in Davos, Switzerland.

The Prime Minister said that, as head of the Government’s economic team, he would look into the overall picture of the country’s economy and make sure that all Cabinet members work in harmony to bring about economic revival. The statement was part of his address to Thai and foreign investors at an event organized by the Joint Public/Private Sector Consultative Committee on January 27. The event was intended to create better understanding of the Government’s economic policy and its economic stimulus package, in addition to stimulating the confidence of the business community.

Prime Minister Abhisit believes that the private sector is the real driver of the Thai economy. He said that members of the private sector had been provided with opportunities to develop their potential and businesses in order to compete effectively in the world market. He pointed out that fair competition had also led to greater efficiency and economic progress. The public sector should focus on its role as supervisor to ensure fair competition and help disadvantaged people, especially those who could not benefit from economic growth in the face of liberalization.

The Prime Minister explained that Thailand was facing three major problems. The first problem involved impacts from the global financial crisis, resulting in a decline in the country’s exports and tourist arrivals. The shrinking of Thai exports from October to December last year adversely affected economic growth in the last quarter of 2008, and this negative effect was likely to continue in the first quarter of 2009.

The second problem involved political uncertainties in the past few years, when the people were concerned about the escalation of conflicts. The third problem involved particular economic issues, such as the lack of skilled labor, obstacles in rules and regulations, and some economic structures, making fair competition and normal business operation difficult.

The Prime Minister said that the Government wanted to ease these problems for quick economic revival and in order to move the country forward. He saw signs of positive changes emerging and the country was fast returning to normalcy. The Prime Minister also stated that the economic stimulus package and the proposed mid-year budget were meant to sustain the people’s purchasing power and sustain economic growth.

He said that the Government had prepared labor training to produce workers in response to the labor market and the demand of investors. The training would assist workers, generate employment opportunities, and help slow the pace of layoffs. The Office of the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office would serve as the center for this project.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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