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Prime Minister outlines policy after first Cabinet meeting

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha outlined his government’s policies in a speech before the National Legislative Assembly last week after presiding over his first Cabinet meeting at Government House.  The Prime Minister outlined a number of policy priorities including promoting economic growth, reducing social disparities and increasing good governance while fighting corruption. 
 
The Prime Minister said his policies would integrate the Sufficiency Economy philosophy developed by constitutional monarch King Bhumibol Adulyadej in order to further build Thailand’s resiliency, and that his administration would continue to uphold the monarchy, which is widely revered by Thais.
 
The salient pledge made by Prime Minister Prayut in his speech was that the government would push for reforms in hopes of bringing about peace, unity, and sustainable development to the nation, while ending the political rifts that had divided the Thai people.  He admitted the task would not be easy.  “Many problems and obstacles are lying ahead,” he said, but he vowed that he and his government would do all they could to succeed.
 
The chief vehicle for reforms will be the 250-member National Reform Council (NRC) that will hold its first meeting in October after the selection processes are complete.  The Council will be divided into 11 committees working on 11 essential areas including politics, the economy, education, media and others.
 
Although the Prime Minister reiterated that the plan is to hold new elections in October 2015, he said that that timetable was dependent upon cooperation from all sectors of society to ensure that the work of reform could proceed unhindered and without disruption.  He stressed, however, that the government is committed to completing the work of reform in a timely manner.
 
Corruption is also an urgent issue, the prime minister said, adding that the government will do whatever it takes to prevent and tackle all corruption cases and corrupt practices.
 
In paying respect to King Bhumibol, the Prime Minister said that the government would adopt His Majesty the King’s approaches to solving problems in society: working through understanding, accessibility and development.  His Majesty’s philosophy of the sufficiency economy (Link: http://www.chaipat.or.th/chaipat_english/index.php?option=com_content&vi...) - a method of development based on moderation, prudence, and social immunity, while emphasizing use of knowledge and virtue as guidelines - would be integrated into economic and other policies. 
 
Returning economic stability was another key promise.  Growth has been slowly returning and confidence among investors, businesses and consumers has been rising since the change of government in May.
Other policies detailed by the Prime Minister covered areas from national security, to the elimination of social gaps, and the promotion of education, religion and culture, as well as the upgrading of laws and the justice system.
 
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