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THAILAND ON GLOBAL STAGE
Thai Experiences on Sufficiency Economy to Be Shared with Pacific Island Countries

19 May 2016

Thailand will share its experiences on the application of His Majesty the Kings Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy with various Pacific Island countries.
 
The philosophy will be discussed at the third Thailand-Pacific Island Countries Forum (TPIF) on 20 and 21 May 2016 at the Sukosol Hotel in Bangkok. Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, the forum focuses on the theme "Inclusive Partnership for Sustainable Development and Thai Experiences on Sufficiency Economy Philosophy.
 
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand has extended invitations to delegations from 14 Pacific Island countries; namely the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Most of them have attended the 72nd Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), held from 15 to 19 May 2016 at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok.
 
Observers from embassies, such as Australia and New Zealand, along with other international organizations, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat have also been invited to participate in the platform to achieve its aim of promoting the framework of development cooperation between Thailand and countries in the South Pacific.
 
Since its conception in 2014, TPIF has been serving as a conducive platform for high-level delegations to exchange views, share experiences and best practices, and to deepen as well as broaden development cooperation between Thailand and our Pacific Island partners.
 
The 3rd TPIF is a high-level meeting for discussion and exchange of views on sustainable and social development as well as economic cooperation to stimulate opinions and further promote cooperation under the Three-Year TPIF Development Partnership Program (2015-2017).
 
The Forum will be followed by site visits to showcase Thailands best practices on Sufficiency Economy, as well as community empowerment and development. The delegations will have an opportunity to visit one of Thailands leading organic farms at the Sam Phran riverside and learn about community development and the application of the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy at the Ban Hua Ao Community Learning Center in Nakhon Pathom province.
 
Being one of the twelve dialogue partners in the Post Forum Dialogue and an unceasing participant of the Pacific Islands Forum, Thailand has enjoyed cordial ties with its Pacific Island partners at both bilateral and multilateral levels.
 
For nearly two decades, Thailand has been a longstanding development partner of this region, through development cooperation programs, particularly for human resource development in the Pacific Island countries. In the spirit of South-South Cooperation, Thailand reiterates its commitment to sharing its experiences and to helping the development of its Pacific Island partners.
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