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Government Strives to Achieve the First Stage of Reform

26 December 2015

The Government intends to achieve the first stage of national reform within its remaining period in office, or one year and six months, before passing the second stage to the next elected government to handle.
 
In his presentation of the Governments one-year performance, the Prime Minister explained that the Government had worked out a strategic plan seeking to complete national reform within a 20-year period.
 
The reform will be carried out together with the next four national economic and social development plans. Each plan, which lasts five years, sets directions for the country and will lay foundations for Thai people in the future.
 
The Prime Minister stressed the concept of "Pracharat, or "state of the people, which called on all sectors of society to join hands in strengthening Thailand in all areas and enhance the countrys competitiveness. The public sector must work in an integrated manner. The private and civic sectors, as well as all groups of people, must offer a helping hand, as well.
 
The Government has introduced the state of the people as a mechanism to push forward policies and the reform agenda from the bottom up. This mechanism encourages government agencies to work in close cooperation with other sectors.
 
The Prime Minister pointed out that in order to improve the present situation and solve the countrys problems, reform is necessary and must be conducted first. He also urged all groups to give top priority to the peoples interests and help create better understanding about Thailand both inside and outside the country.
 
Moreover, the Prime Minister said that economic reform must be carried out to strengthen the local economy, build urban communities in rural areas, and improve the peoples quality of life.
 
Concerning this issue, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said that the Government has come up with many measures for economic development. For instance, several industries have been grouped into clusters and the new S-curve has been introduced. Small and medium-sized enterprises have also been given a major boost. At least 44 transport projects will be carried out for the countrys future infrastructure development.
 
Government Spokesman Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said that the Prime Minister thanked the media for their news presentation on the Governments one-year performance. The Prime Minister wanted to see changes for the better in the country in the short, medium, and long term.
 
Major-General Sansern also quoted the Prime Minister as saying that all sides should move beyond conflicts and keep moving forward together.
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