Source: Government Of Thailand
Headline: National Strategy to Help Thailand Achieve Its Vision
The Cabinet has approved two draft bills: one on the plan and procedures for national reform and the other on the formulation of national strategy. The two bills will help move the country toward long-term development and the goal of stability, prosperity, and sustainability.
The draft bill on national reform seeks to establish various reform committees and set the timeframe for mapping out the National Reform Plan. The draft bill on national strategy seeks to establish the National Strategy Committee and a committee to work out national strategy. Both bills also emphasize public participation and public hearings.
Deputy Government Spokesperson Lieutenant General Werachon Sukondhapatipak, in his lunch talk on the topic “National Strategy and Reform, stressed the need for Thailand to have long-term strategy in order to deal effectively with many problems faced by the country. Organized by the Foreign Office, Government Public Relations Department (PRD), on 16 March 2017, the event was joined by members of the international media, diplomats, and representatives from international organizations.
Lieutenant General Werachon pointed out that the National Strategy would also help Thailand realize its vision as a developed nation with “Stability, Prosperity, and Sustainability in accordance with the principles of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy.
He explained that although the 20-year National Strategy (2017-2036) is not a set of specific policies, it is a way to help sustain the momentum of fundamental reform targets. The strategy is set to be translated into action through the 12th to the 15th National Economic and Social Development Plans. Each plan lasts five years and must ensure that its proposed measures are in line with the changing contexts of development, while keeping in line with the long-term goals.
The National Strategy comprises six strategies, aimed at enhancing national security in all aspects; strengthening national competitiveness; developing and empowering human capital; broadening opportunities to improve social equality and equity; steering toward a green economy and society; and reforming and improving public administration.
The objective of the 20-year National Strategy is to ensure continuation of Thailand’s economic and social development goals and stability in policy formulation by successive governments. It also aims to compliment the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Successive elected governments are free to formulate their own policies and projects in order to achieve the targets of the national and economic development plans and reform.