Thailand commends Brunei Darussalam for its role as ASEAN President for 2021 in promoting the region’s comprehensive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was shared by the Royal Thai Embassy in Brunei Darussalam in a statement issued on the occasion of the celebrations of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday, Thailand’s National Day and Father’s Day of Thailand.
The Embassy added, “As Thailand and Brunei Darussalam make steady progress towards post-pandemic recovery, Thailand looks forward to working closely with Brunei Darussalam to strengthen our close and cordial bilateral relationship which has been officially established. in 1984 “.
Thailand also looks forward to Brunei hosting the second meeting of the Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) next year âto further strengthen our existing cooperation and explore other areas of collaboration, such as the cultural sector, the trade and investments as well as relations – exchanges of persons âthrough the finalization of memoranda of understanding (MoU) on cultural cooperation, avoidance of double taxation and cooperation on OTOP products.
The Embassy underscored Thailand’s appreciation for the support and cooperation provided by Brunei Darussalam both bilaterally and as a close partner in multilateral platforms.
Faced with the challenges of the second wave of COVID-19, Thailand commends the successful efforts of the Government of Brunei in “implementing effective control measures and through the vaccination strategy, which accelerated the vaccination of citizens and residents of the countries, including Thai nationals. â.
The statement went on to say: “It is thanks to the laudable hard work, dedication and sacrifice of medical professionals, frontline people and volunteers that have enabled (Brunei) to move to the next state of recovery. . “
As such, Thailand reaffirmed its commitment to support and cooperate in Brunei Darussalam “to address common challenges – the COVID-19 pandemic, industrial revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0) and digitization – so that our two countries can move towards a secure and sustainable future. together”.
On the occasion of the celebration of the anniversary of the birth of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the embassy declared that he was born on December 5, 1927 and that he was “considered to be the father of the nation in because of its continued commitment to improving the lives of its people â.
He added: âOne of the most accomplished works of the late king has been the development of the philosophy of the economy of sufficiency (SEP) as a guide for his people to live sustainably on the basis of the three fundamental principles. moderation, reasonableness and prudence.
âThe results of SEP-based decisions should reflect balanced progress towards sustainability in all four dimensions of life – economic, social, environmental and cultural. “
The Embassy believed that the wisdom of the late King Adulyadej “will continue to guide all Thais and others around the world to live a life based on shared prosperity and sustainability,” which has been incorporated into the national strategy for the Thailand over 20 years (2017-2036), where the country plans to become âa developed country with security, prosperity and sustainabilityâ.
Building on the principles of SEP, Thailand introduced the Green Biocircular Economic Model (BCG) to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth by advancing “Thailand’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery in a balanced manner” .
The concept of sustainable development has been adopted in the Eastern Economic Corridor (ECE), Thailand’s flagship project to transform its economy by keeping pace and embracing technological advancements while moving towards RI 4.0, as the Embassy sees BCG as “a key enabler of the economy.” by allowing economic models to be profitable while reducing environmental impacts â.
The BCG, the embassy added, will also be “the driving force behind the priorities of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2022”, and among them will work on the APEC implementation plan Putrajaya Vision 2040 launched in November. 2020, which Thailand believes can be achieved through three priorities: facilitating trade and investment; restarting regional connectivity, in particular travel and tourism; and promote sustainable and inclusive growth.
Thailand, as the ASEAN Coordinator for Sustainable Development Cooperation, is working diligently to promote complementarity between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
According to the Embassy statement, Thailand believes that the BCG model complements other relevant ASEAN efforts, including the development of a circular economy framework for the ASEAN community, which is the ‘one of the priority deliverables of the ASEAN Presidency of Brunei Darussalam for 2021.