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Chulalongkorn Associations and JSCCIB Host “Better Thailand Open Dialogue”

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Chulalongkorn Associations and JSCCIB Host “Better Thailand Open Dialogue”

Three Chulalongkorn Alumni Associations Join JSCCIB to Host First-Ever National Better Thailand Open Dialogue Forum to Find Answers to All Key Questions Leading to a Better Thailand

The Chulalongkorn University Engineering Alumni Association, the Faculty of Commerce and Accounting Alumni Association and the Economics Alumni Association, together with the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB), which includes the Board of Trade of Thailand, The Federation of Thai Industry and the Thai Bankers Association organized the “Better Thailand Open Dialogue” (aka “Better Thailand”) . This is the first-ever forum to openly share constructive ideas leading to a better Thailand.

The forum, supported by BRANDi and the Innovative Engineering for Sustainability program, took place over two days from May 19-20, 2022 and was streamed live on the BetterThailand2022 YouTube channel.

HE General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, as the President of the Opening Ceremony, delivered a keynote address on the theme “Past, Present and Future: The Best Thailand”. He encouraged all parties to commit to development for the better, to step forward to make it a reality and ensure that Thailand is ready for the world after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event featured a main stage as well as concurrent activities on smaller stages. The “Better Stage” was for the new generation to show their creativity and inspirations and how they can contribute to a better Thailand. The “Better Thailand” exhibitions of the government sector and 30 private sector companies and startups based on the Bio Circular Green (BCG) model highlighted various dimensions of Thailand. The general public was invited to join in the Better Stage activities and visit the exhibition with free entry during the two-day event at Royal Paragon Hall 5F, Siam Paragon.

Mr. Sakchai Yodvanich, President of Chulalongkorn University Engineering Graduates Association, said, “The Better Thailand Open Dialogue forum is the country’s first-ever nationwide collaboration involving the education sector. , the public sector, the private sector and the social sector. Organize a forum to constructively exchange ideas to mutually find clearer answers in five areas relevant to all Thais. These areas include: 1) Thailand as a whole; 2) the economy; 3) Company; 4) Environment; and 5) Quality of life. More than 50 topics were discussed with ideas exchanged between 35 experts and key participants to drive the policy and direction of the country with input from the education, government, private and social sectors.

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Mr. Supattanapong Punmeechaow, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy, and Mr. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Finance, presented approaches to stimulate the Thai economy during the roundtable “Looking at the world, reflecting on the Thai economy”. Other panel members included Mr. Danucha Phichayanan, Secretary General, National Economic and Social Development Council Office; Dr Sethaput Suthiwartanarueput, Governor, Bank of Thailand; and Dr. Somprawin Manprasert, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Economist of Economic Intelligence Center (EIC), Siam Commercial Bank. They actively exchanged views on the global economy and its impact on the Thai economy, especially after COVID-19, to find solutions to problems and mitigate short-term economic effects. They also discussed how Thailand’s economy will be shaped in the long term, identifying ways to cope with post-COVID-19 era changes that are expected to provide opportunities for Thais.

During the afternoon session, Mr. Chantanon Wannakhajorn, Secretary General, Bureau of Agricultural Economics, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, joined in a discussion on “The New Era of Thai Economy: How Will Thailand Go Forward?, Part 1” with Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor, Tourism Board of Thailand; Mr. L. Chayotid Kridakorn, Thai Trade Representative; Mr. Kriengkrai Thiennukul, President of the Federation of Thai Industries; and Mr. Aukrit Unahalekhaka, co-founder and CEO of Ricult. They had a fruitful discussion on the future direction of Thai industries and the development of the service and agricultural sectors, while touching on infrastructure design and supporting factors such as technology and regional development. Focusing on these topics will help Thailand prepare for future crises and changes.

Moving on to “New Era of Thailand’s Economy: How Will Thailand Go Forward?, Part 2”, Mr. Saksiam Chidchob, Minister of Transport, joined a panel with Dr. Kanit Sangsubhan, Secretary General of the Policy Committee, Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC); Ms. Duangjai Asawachintachit, Corporate Secretary, Board of Investment (BOI); Mr. Sanan Angubolkul, President, Thai Chamber of Commerce; and Mr. Suradech Taweesaengsakulthai, CEO of Cho Thavee Public Co., Ltd., to explore ways to support the growth of the Thai economy through infrastructure and regional development to lay a solid foundation for Thailand’s future .