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Message from Ambassador

Ambassador’s Message

January 2020

 

Dear readers,

Sawasdee krub. And a very Happy New Year 2020 to our dear readers.  May the coming year be filled with happiness, good health, prosperity and success to everyone.  More importantly, I hope that all of you have had a good rest, fully recharged with energy, and are in good health to begin the New Year reinvigorated.

The year 2019 concluded with strengthened Thai-UK relations and with successful ASEAN chairmanship, during which Thailand initiated and pushed forward a number of initiatives, many of which yielded global contributions beyond ASEAN leaving no one behind, such as the eradication of marine debris and the connection of transport networks and systems that facilitate the daily life of ASEAN citizens as well as enable trade and investments both intra-ASEAN and with international partners, including the UK. The UK-ASEAN Business Council (UKABC) has been instrumental in engaging the private sector in the UK and ASEAN countries to deepen and expand trade and investment among them.

In addition, Thailand also has an important role to play as a member of the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the term 2020-2021. As a Council member, Thailand will do our utmost to protect and promote our maritime interests, while also promoting and championing issues that are common interests of the global maritime community to ensure sustainable use of maritime resources, such as the eradication of marine debris, cleaning up of ocean oil spills, and engagement with regional bodies, e.g. ASEAN and UNESCAP in order to align and synergise efforts toward the sustainable development of all countries in Asia and the Pacific. Thailand will also encourage more active engagements and partnerships between civilian and military organisations with mandates relating to maritime activities so that our works will be more comprehensive for the benefits of all sectors. 

In 2020, the year that marks the 165th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the two kingdoms, the UK will host the Thai-UK Strategic Dialogue, with both sides represented at the deputy minister level to discuss various issues to further enhance bilateral relations and cooperation in the sectors of mutual potential and interests amidst various opportunities and challenges, including Brexit, which is an opportune time for Thailand to engage closer with our friend. The UK will also be hosting the Consular Dialogue where consular matters in the interests of Thai and British nationals will be discussed to further promote people-to-people relations. The Royal Thai Embassy will do our utmost to further deepen Thai-UK relations in all spheres of mutual interests, as well as will undertake various programme of activities to celebrate this auspicious occasion.

As Thailand and the UK will open a new chapter of their cordial ties this year, I hope that all members of the Thai community in the UK and Friends of Thailand will stand by me to witness the progress and development of this longlasting bond of friendship.

See you next month.