New development plan hoped to bring about Thailand's national reconciliation

18:40, August 06, 2010      

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The 11th National Economic and Social Development (NESDB) Plan (2012-2016) is a key to setting the country on the road to national reconciliation and reform, Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Friday, the Bangkok Post's website reported.

Interestingly, under the 11th development plan, Thailand's role on the world food security will be strengthened, the Thai News Agency (TNA) quoted the Thai leader as saying.

To achieve the target, Abhisit pointed out in a speech on "the Government and National Reform" that if all social sectors take part in setting the country's direction, it will be the best guarantee to bring about the national reconciliation and reform.

The premier's speech was presented at a seminar on the direction of the 11th development plan held by the government- think tank NESDB.

The 11th development plan has focused more on national human resource development and security, Abhisit said. "A perfect social security system will be established in 2016 without having any effect on the country's fiscal and financial position," he said. The prime minister said, "I do believe that this system can also reduce the social division problem."

Abhisit said, "corruption, which has been a big problem for many years, will also be suppressed and prevented."

Infrastructure and utilities, including tapped water and transport systems, will be more available for the public, Abhisit said.

The think-tank NESDB has also planned to strengthen Thailand's ability in areas of information technology (IT), he said.

Significantly, the Thai premier has emphasized "in order to achieve the goal of sustainable development, the foundation on environment protection must be laid simultaneously."

The ongoing environmental impasse at the eastern Map Ta Phut industrial estate is proof that the country needs an environment conservation plan, Abhisit said.

Source: Xinhua


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