Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has emphasized the importance of multidimensional connectivity as key to post-COVID-19 recovery and the main engine of Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) development in the long term.
The Prime Minister on 9 December 2020 participated in the 9th ACMECS Summit under the theme “Partnership for Connectivity and Resilience” via videoconference.
At the summit, he stated that multidimensional connectivity would help foster entrepreneurial capacity and job creation, which will improve the people’s livelihoods and narrow the development gap.
He also urged ACMECS members to strengthen sub-regional competitive identity to create “Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy ACMECS,” and reiterated Thailand’s commitment to ensuring that medicines and vaccines become public goods and are available, accessible, and affordable for all in ACMECS countries.
The Meeting agreed on the importance of the establishment of ACMECS Development Fund (ACMDF) as a sustainable financial mechanism to serve the genuine needs of the sub-region. Thailand firmly stands by her pledge to contribute 200 million USD to support the setting up of the Fund, and this year Cambodia has also pledged seven million USD.
To ensure tangible progress on project development, the Meeting agreed to study ways and means to enhance coordination efficiency including the establishment of ACMECS Secretariat, which will function as the group’s coordinating office to gather and analyze data, draft strategies for project implementation, and coordinate with Development Partners.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, the Meeting reflected the trust and confidence that other Member Countries have toward Thailand’s constructive role in the sub-region, particularly their support on Thailand’s proposal to add “Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy ACMECS” as the fourth pillar of the ACMECS Master Plan and the establishment of ACMECS Secretariat in order to build strength from within for the sub-region.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department