People empowerment to be key to counter crises: Thai PM

08:15, May 24, 2011      

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Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva emphasized the necessity of empowering human resources in order to handle with different challenges while giving an inaugural speech at 67th UNESCAP session Monday morning.

He mentioned crises that the world, the region and the country have faced recently, namely economic recession in 2008, natural disasters, climate change as well as food and energy shortages and price surge and suggested that the consequences of which could be subsided if society as a whole is well equipped.

"I believe that the consequences of the crises can be abated if we have prepared ourselves well in advance so that our people can be better equipped and enjoy social protection against the uncertainties that may come in the future,"the PM said.

The premier said the current government had focused on social development policy which had been people-centered and responsive to the people's needs.

"By empowering them and preparing them for future challenges, they would in turn be able to help contribute to a stronger and more prosperous nation,"Abhisit said.

The premier also called for the new government that will take the office later this year after the upcoming election to place people at the heart of development in a bid to achieve sustainable economic growth -- the country's ultimate goal.

"There are still much more to be done and I hope that the incoming government, whoever it may be, will continue to place the people at the heart of its social and development agenda so that we can move forward towards our ultimate goal,"noted Abhisit.

The sixty-seventh session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is scheduled to be held from May 19 to May 25 in Bangkok with the theme of " Beyond the crises: long-term perspectives on social protection and development in Asia and the Pacific."

Source: Xinhua
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