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Thai Government Committed to the Development of Human Capital
Source: thailand.prd.go.th
Source Date: Sunday, July 25, 2010
Country: Thailand
Created: Aug 01, 2010

The Thai government is committed to the development of human capital and the increase of labor productivity, in the medium and longer term.

Speaking at the International Conference on Mega Trend in Human Capital and Labor Productivity toward the Global Integration, held recently at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva stated that Thailand has recognized the importance of human capital. The clearest illustration of this has been the leadership of His Majesty the King.

The Prime Minister said that His Majesty’s vision has helped build the solid foundations necessary for the Sufficiency Economy philosophy and social development of the country. In his wisdom, he has shown that Thailand must strive to maintain growth that is always balanced and sustained. Thai people were deeply touched when His Majesty’s achievements were recognized by the UN, when in May 2006, His Majesty was presented with the UNDP Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award, which acknowledges His Majesty’s contribution toward improving the quality of life of the Thai people; the award was also in recognition of the Sufficiency Economy Theory and educational initiatives undertaken through the Royal Projects to address sustainable development issues, among others. So the challenge of increasing productivity is a challenge that the current Thai government embraces.

According to Prime Minister Abhisit, the Government was mindful that its economic policy must be people-oriented in the way that it tackled the economic crisis. This means that it should not merely sustain the people’s purchasing power, but also continue to look for ways by which their opportunities may increase.

He said that Thailand feels that investment in humans must take place even before birth, which means the country has to run programs to ensure that its people are well-educated when they prepare themselves to have a family. When children are born, they should be provided sufficient nutrition, so that their brain and body are developed fully and ready for education.

Over the past one and a half years, the current government has also invested substantially to provide free education and improve primary school education in child-care centers all over the country. Another issue concerns upgrading the quality of education, so that it can keep up with the changes that take place globally. That is why Thailand is undergoing another wave of education reform. The emphasis is on quality and making sure that students pick up not just academic skills, but skills that prepare them to be in the workforce, as well as life skills so that they can be good citizens and learn to live with one another in a harmonious and democratic society.

The Government will continue to focus on providing Thai people with both security and skills, so that they have the opportunity to continue to improve upon their productivity and contribute to sustainable growth.
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