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Message from Ambassador

Ambassador’s Message

February 2019

 

Dear readers,

One of the issues that are talk of the town at this moment must be the upcoming general election in Thailand. It is the duty of all Thai nationals who are 18 years of age or over to vote. We want to have good people represent us in the parliament to promote our welfare and interests. Thai nationals residing in the UK and Ireland can vote through the overseas election system, without the need to return to Thailand to cast the ballot. The Election Commission of Thailand and the Department of Local Administration have worked together to develop an online registration for Thai nationals living abroad to register online where they wish to exercise this civil right. The online registration website has become operational on 28 January 2019 and will open for registration until 19 February 2019. The Royal Thai Embassy has decided on the method of voting by post in order to facilitate members of the Thai communities so that they do not need to travel to voting stations. Voting by post will take place during 4-16 March 2019. I encourage all Thais in the UK and Ireland to exercise your rights for your own interests.

There is also another interesting event this month, which is the Samaggi Academic Conference and Career Fair (SACC) during 15-17 February 2019 at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).  It is being organised for Thai students by Thai students under Samaggi Samagom, the umbrella Association of Thai students in the UK, in collaboration with the Royal Thai Embassy and the Office of Education Affairs in London.  For this year and for the first time, the Thai Student Academic Conference (TSAC) in Europe joins hands in organising this event.  This serves as a forum for learning, exchange of views, and inspiring innovative ideas for research and development under the theme “Dare to Disrupt and Develop Towards Becoming a World’s Leader”.  The future of Thailand is in the hands of Thai youths and this forum is designed to maximise their potentials.  The Embassy is honoured to have Dr. Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, Minister of Education and Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports, as keynote speakers to share their insights and experiences.  Also present are executives and representatives from the Thai government agencies and private sector to provide opportunities for internship and employment, and give career advice for the students.  The Embassy would like to thank all for their support to make this event successful.

Till we meet again next month.