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Message from Ambassador

Ambassador’s Message

December 2019

 

Dear readers,

We are now in December, concluding the Year 2019 and welcoming the Year 2020.  December is also the time for the entire Thai nation to pay tribute to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in commemoration of His Birthday Anniversary on 5 December, which also marks the National Day of Thailand, and Father’s Day in Thailand.  The Embassy and the Buddhapadipa Temple in London will organise a merit-making ceremony on 8 December 2019 to pay homage in memory of the late King and of all the great contributions that He had effortlessly done for His country and people.  I therefore would like to invite everyone to join me in this merit making.

Another highlight of the month is the National Day Reception on 5 December 2019 for the Diplomatic Corps and Friends of Thailand in the UK to celebrate the Thai National Day and Father’s Day.  This year, the Embassy has flown in “The Vietrio”, a crossover modern classical band, to perform at the reception. Comprising three young siblings, they are bound by their love of music and passion for creating classic melodies and tunes with a modern twist in their unique style. They have performed around the world and will entertain our guests at the reception, which will be a showcase for Thai talents on the international stage.  Another important component of our National Day reception is our sponsors, without whom this event cannot happen -- Thai restaurants and Thai companies which provide food and beverages, as well as the souvenirs for our guests not to go home empty-handed. The Royal Thai Embassy would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors.

Speaking of Thailand’s role on the world stage, I would like to share a great news for Thailand in the shipping and maritime domain.  On 29 November 2019, Thailand was re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the term 2020-2021 at the election held during the 31st Session of the IMO Assembly in London. This is the 8th consecutive term which Thailand has served in the IMO Council since 2006, reflecting the continuous trust in Thailand that the IMO Member States have vested in us.  For nearly two decades, Thailand has been working hard with strong determination to promote safe, secure and sustainable maritime activities for mutual benefits of the global maritime community.  As a member of the IMO Council, Thailand will vigorously continue its proactive and constructive role in the IMO, particularly in the eradication of marine debris, the realisation of maritime-related UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the strengthening of partnerships between the IMO and regional bodies such as ASEAN and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).  Thailand’s vision is to promote shipping and port development in the context of a global supply chain to make our oceans safer, more secure, and cleaner, and maritime activities more environmentally friendly, in the best interests of all countries.  We must leave the oceans clean and the use of marine resources sustainable for future generations to live on.    

With Christmas and the New Year just around the corner, everyone is in festive spirits.  Many Thais, both residents and tourists, enjoy the holiday seasons -- visiting Winter Wonderland and other Christmas festivals, or doing holiday shopping, admiring the wonderful Christmas illuminations. Going to these crowded places -- tourist attractions, shopping arcades, walking streets, and train stations, I recommend all Thais to take extra care and be wary of anything suspicious, as well as keeping their personal belongings in a safe place, particularly money and travel documents.  Those riding in cars or vans are advised not to leave their belongings in the vehicles, which are at risk of thefts, causing damage to the vehicles as well as loss of valuables.   

While we enjoy the festive season of Christmas and the New Year, this would also be the time when we reflect on what has transpired in the past year, what we have achieved, what we did not fulfill, and learn from these experiences so that we can be prepared and do better next year. 

May I take this opportunity to wish our dear readers a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2020. Most importantly, stay warm and healthy this winter.

See you next year.