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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UNESCO Announces Winners of Asia-Pacific Awards for Heritage Conservation28 Nov 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - The heroic restoration of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum, which is part the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai World Heritage property in India, has received the Award of Excellence in this year’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. 13 projects from six nations – Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Nepal and Thailand – have been acknowledged for awards by an international jury in this year’s Awards program. Jury deliberations were carried out in November 2022, when members reviewed a total of 50 entries from 11 countries from across the Asia-Pacific region.Thailand received an Award of Distinction for the Neilson Hays Library in Bangkok. Feng Jing, Chief of Culture Unit at UNESCO Bangkok, said, “The Awards are able to give people a sense of pride and sense of ownership of their own heritage.” He also noted a greater attention to cultural landscapes this year, “including heritage infrastructure systems that are very compatible with a sustainable development approach to our cities and rural areas.”Since 2000, the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation program has been recognizing the efforts of private individuals and organizations in restoring, conserving and transforming structures and buildings of heritage value in the region. For further information about the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation and upcoming related events, visit https://bangkok.unesco.org/theme/asia-pacific-heritage-awardsThe Call for Entries for the 2023 UNESCO Awards cycle will be announced in early 2023, with further details to be available on the UNESCO Bangkok website pages.
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Opening of world’s first international botanical art exhibition on native plants of Southeast Asia23 Nov 2022
SINGAPORE (NNT) - The “Flora of Southeast Asia” exhibition opens today at the Singapore Botanic Gardens – the only tropical botanic gardens on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The exhibition is hosted by the Botanical Art Society (Singapore) and the Singapore Botanic Gardens, in a first-time collaboration with the Indonesian Society of Botanical Artists, Thai Botanical Artists, and the Philippine Botanical Art Society. It features 120 works from 85 artists from these four countries.80 artworks will be displayed in the Botanical Art Gallery, which is located at the Gallop extension within the Gardens, plus over 40 art prints will be on show at venues throughout the Singapore Botanic Gardens including anglin Gate, Nassim Gate, Bukit Timah Gate, and the Green Pavilion at the Botany Centre.The exhibition focuses on plants native to Southeast Asia. This means that the plant depicted must occur naturally in the region, ecosystem, or habitat without human introduction.Southeast Asia – Home to a large diversity of flowering plant species southeast Asia is a region of high plant diversity with an estimated 50,000 flowering plant species – about 15% of the world’s total. It also includes four of 25 hotspots of global biodiversity. Estimates of plant diversity in the region continue to grow as large numbers of new species are described every year.Botanical artwork is based on keen observation of plant morphology and often includes a dissection of a flower or fruit, while others show the habit along with the main subject. 189 entries were received from artists from 13 countries. Artworks were judged on scientific accuracy, artistic merit, mastery of their chosen medium and overall impact by a panel of expert botanists and botanical artists.In line with Singapore’s vision to transform into a City in Nature, this exhibition will allow visitors to appreciate botanical artworks, allowing them to better enjoy the benefits of connecting with nature in their daily lives. Flora of Southeast Asia promises to immerse visitors in a journey through nature, showcasing some of the most beautiful plants found in Southeast Asia. Plant enthusiasts, hobbyists, gardeners – anyone who enjoys nature will enjoy the show.Ms. Carrie-Ann Lee, President of Botanical Art Society (Singapore) says: “We are an inclusive society for botanical art lovers, beginners, and accomplished artists. Our vision is to grow the appreciation and development of botanical art in Singapore and Asia. Some people create botanical art as a creative challenge, and others want to relax, or just enjoy being in nature.So along with the exhibition, we are very excited to welcome artists from around the world to showcase the native flora of Southeast Asia. For visitors to the gallery, there will be many activities for everyone. From guided tours, and artists’ demonstrations to workshops for kids and adults.”The Singapore Botanic Gardens is managed by the National Parks Board. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/singaporebotanicgardens.Thai Botanical Artists (THBA)Formed by a small group of Thai botanical artists in 2019, THBA goals include providing both artists and the public opportunities to learn botanical art and illustration, encouraging artists to exhibit their artworks, as well as supporting collaborations between artists, botanists and botanic gardens internationally. Activities include volunteering with the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Florilegium project, holding field sketching days and workshops.
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U.S. to Build on Thai BCG Concept as APEC Host Next Year20 Nov 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - Over the weekend, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris held talks with the Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha that focused on expanding cooperation on climate change, clean energy and sustainable development.During their meeting, Gen Prayut said Thailand was ready to promote and enhance “heart-to-heart” cooperation with the United States based on two centuries of bilateral ties.According to Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri, Harris praised Thailand for joining the U.S. initiative on clean energy and said she hoped that the two economies will play a collaborative role on environmental issues.Also discussed was cooperation on suppressing transnational crime and enhancing the capabilities of Thai marine police.During her keynote speech on Friday (18 Nov) at The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Harris said the longstanding U.S. presence in Asia-Pacific has helped ensure security and prosperity in the region for decades.The U.S. vice president also said the U.S. will remain a strong partner of economies and companies in the region, as prosperity in Asia and the Pacific is critical to the United States. She added that the region has been an American major export market and investment destination, while helping to support millions of American jobs back home.Harris further reaffirmed that the United States aims to advance collaboration with the region’s economies to improve supply chain and address climate change.She also maintained that the U.S. is committed to building on areas of sustainability and inclusivity in line with Thailand’s Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) concept when it hosts APEC next year.
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WHO Praises Thailand’s Strength in Handling COVID-1913 Nov 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), recently sent a letter to Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul to thank him for championing the Universal Health and Preparedness Review (UHPR).The letter also informed Minister Anutin that Thailand has been instrumental as one of the first countries in the world to pilot the UHPR initiative for public health emergencies and its handling of the COVID-19 crisis. The WHO chief highlighted many of Thailand’s critical assets that were key to safeguarding and assisting its population and residents during the pandemic. These included enacting decisive national policies, maintaining an effective public healthcare and health insurance system with a dedicated workforce, innovative approaches to advancing health, and promoting multisectoral coordination between the government, private sector, and civil society.Dr. Tedros noted that WHO members were particularly responsive to the presentation of Thailand’s performance to the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2022. Thailand is now cited as a guideline model for WHO members to follow in preparation for emerging diseases.The WHO is currently updating its technical package based on information obtained via the UHPR initiative, with the WHO Technical Advisory Group to produce recommendations for improving and simplifying its working methods.Minister Anutin said that the impact of covid-19 has reflected the fact that the global community didn’t prepare for such an outbreak. The lack of financial investment to respond to the pandemic is part of the issue. The 12th APEC’s High-Level Meeting on Health and Economy between August 25-26 this year has reached solutions for health and economy balance by focusing on health system investment, health security, and universal health coverage. Vaccine development and digital health technology are also key elements to coping with unpredictable outbreaks in the future.
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PM Prayut expresses condolences after Itaewon crowd crush30 Oct 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his condolences after the Itaewon crowd crush in Seoul. He orders the Royal Thai Embassy in Seoul to help Thais who have been affected by the incident.At least 151 people have died in the crush as huge Halloween crowds surged into a narrow street in South Korea’s capital, Seoul, officials say.At least 82 were injured in the incident in the Itaewon nightlife area which was holding its first unmasked Halloween celebrations since the COVID-19 pandemic.Itaewon is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Seoul for a night out. Locals and foreigners flock there every weekend, but Halloween is one of the busiest nights of the year.After holding an emergency meeting, South Korea’s President, Yoon Suk-yeol, ordered a task force to be set up to help treat the injured. He also launched an investigation into the cause of the crushThe Royal Thai Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, has advised Thai people to avoid mass gatherings in a narrow space.The Embassy reported that no Thai people were hurt in the incident on Saturday.In case of emergencies, Thai people can contact the Royal Thai Embassy in Seoul at 010-6747-0095 and 010-3099-2995 or via the Facebook page: Royal Thai Embassy, Seoul.PHOTO: XINHUASOURCE: BBC, THAIGOV, Royal Thai Embassy, Seoul
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Government representative attends Women, Peace, Security forum in Kosovo25 Oct 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Women, Peace, Security (WPS) Forum in Kosovo has been attended by one of Thailand’s deputy government spokespersons. Thai silk from Pattani was publicized at the reception dinner to increase foreign awareness of this product by women in Thailand’s Deep South.Prime Minister’s Office deputy spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek attended the Forum for Women, Peace, and Security in Kosovo. She was participating in her capacity as the government’s special envoy addressing problems in Thailand’s southern border provinces.The WPS forum is an initiative of the Kosovo government and the forum that transpired over the weekend is the first edition of WPS. The forum brings leaders, experts, civil society, and influencers to discuss various challenges and the sustaining of equitable peace.During the forum, Ms. Ratchada expressed the Thai government’s view of the necessity for women’s participation in peace-building. She also elaborated on the government’s policy in developing the southern border provinces, which is in line with the UN Security Council’s guideline emphasizing female empowerment. Development in Thailand’s Deep South makes involves occupational training and quality-of-life improvement programs as well as partnerships with the civil society sector. These undertakings are aimed at reducing violence and fostering lasting peace.During the reception dinner for forum attendees, Ms. Ratchada presented “Chuan Tani” silk to Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani Sadriu. She also explained the unique patterns on the silk that reflect the local identity in Pattani. The restoration of Chuan Tani silk-making is among state-supported programs encouraging occupational groupings and local merchandise production by locals. The item drew praise from the Kosovo president, who expressed appreciation for the vivid patterns on the Chuan Tani silk.
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