Thai PM to Attend EU-ASEAN Commemorative Summit11 Dec 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha will travel to Belgium to attend the EU-ASEAN Commemorative Summit, where he is expected to discuss political and economic issues while promoting sustainable development through the Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) economic model.According to Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri, the summit - taking place from December 12-15 in Brussels - will also mark the 45th Anniversary of the dialogue partnership between the EU and ASEAN. It will be the first time that leaders or representatives from ASEAN and European countries meet directly to discuss bilateral and regional issues such as stability, economic recovery, and the transition to green and digital economies.Gen Prayut is scheduled to attend the C-Suite roundtable luncheon organized by the EU-ASEAN Business Council (EU-ABC) to exchange views with European private sectors on trade and investment. One of the issues expected to be discussed is cooperation in establishing a balanced, sustainable and comprehensive economy and society. This could be accomplished by promoting the BCG model, which is also aligned with the EU’s Global Gateway strategy that promotes infrastructure development through investment.The prime minister will attend the EU-ASEAN commemorative summit taking place on December 14, 2022 and will also witness the signing of the Thai-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (Thailand-EU PCA).During the summit, the premier will seek positive EU involvement in the region, which will build trust and establish a conducive environment for economic recovery. It will also advocate for the ASEAN-EU partnership as a source of positive creative energy for both regions and the global community. Additionally, Gen Prayut will advocate for further cooperation for the ASEAN-EU Green Partnership, as Thailand is a driving force and plays a key role in the ASEAN region.
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China Loosens Curbs on Zero-COVID Policy08 Dec 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - China has announced the most sweeping changes to its resolute anti-COVID regime since the pandemic began three years ago, relaxing rules that halted the spread of the virus but sparked protests and crippled the second-largest economy in the world.President Xi Jinping, who views China’s relentless fight against COVID as one of his greatest achievements, presided over a meeting of the Communist Party’s Political Bureau on Tuesday and announced the policy changes.The relaxation of rules, which includes allowing infected individuals with mild symptoms to quarantine at home and eliminating testing for domestic travelers, is the clearest indication that Beijing is relaxing its zero-COVID policy to allow people to live with the disease.Many of the changes announced by the National Health Commission (NHC) reflected steps already taken in various cities and regions in recent days in response to protests against strict COVID controls.Shanghai was among the first cities to announce that it would implement the new home quarantine guidelines and eliminate entry restrictions for travelers. The Shanghai Disneyland theme park has been scheduled to reopen to the public on Dec 8. Numerous investors applauded the change, stating that the easing could revitalize China’s sluggish economy and currency and boost global growth.
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Thai Embassy in Pakistan and Marriott Collaborate on Thai Food Festival05 Dec 2022
ISLAMABAD (NNT) - Musical performances, traditional dance routines and authentic Thai cuisine were featured over the weekend as the Marriott Hotel collaborated with the Royal Embassy of Thailand in Pakistan for a one-day Thai food festival.The festival presented an exciting menu of various selections, spicy steamed fish with lemon topped with seafood sauce, and hot red chicken curry with coconut milk and exotic eggplants.The culinary experience was prepared by Marriott’s Executive Thai Chef Thaiwichai and live performances by a professional cultural troupe from Thailand.Chef Thaiwichai has culinary experience of over 25 years and heads the kitchen of The Royal Elephant, the only restaurant in Pakistan that has been awarded the Thai Select Premium Certificate by the Thai Ministry of Commerce.Thai Ambassador to Pakistan Chakkrid Krachaiwong, said, “The Royal Thai Embassy is very pleased to work with Islamabad Marriott Hotel to present authentic Thai cuisine to Pakistani guests,” adding that “Thai food is a wonder in itself and will surprise you on multiple fronts.”He further noted that “Thailand is famous for its excellence in food, wonderful cultural heritage and amazing performances.
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