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Thailand: NRSA Announces 108 Reform Plans Focusing on Politics, Law, Administration
Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30301639
Source Date: Thursday, December 08, 2016
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Internet Governance
Country: Thailand
Created: Dec 13, 2016

THE NATIONAL Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) yesterday claimed it had accomplished an achievement regarding the country’s major reforms by formulating 108 proposals, several of which assembly members said had been implemented, on the occasion of the assembly’s first anniversary.

The proposals, divided into 12 categories, include needed reforms of the legal framework and public administration, according to NRSA president Captain Thinnaphan Nakhata and his team. 

As part of the so-called “Five Rivers of Power” – which include the NCPO, the Cabinet, the NRSA, the National Legislative Assembly and the Constitution Drafting Commission – the assembly proposed several reform plans to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for consideration and implementation, Thinnaphan said. 

Several of the proposals have already been implemented, Thinnaphan added, including the establishment of a criminal court for corruption offences, a legal enactment related to the national strategy and measures to prevent conflicts of interest. 

There were also proposals for immediate action on some issues, including regarding the Khlong Dan wastewater construction fraud in Samut Prakan, he said. 

In terms of political reforms, six proposals had been formulated, including the reform of elections, political parties and checks-and-balances mechanisms, said NRSA political reform committee chairman Seri Suwanpanont. 

The chairman of the NRSA’s bureaucratic administration committee, Yongyuth Sarasombath, said the committee has completed 13 proposals, and another five were under deliberation. A major achievement was a legal enactment regarding the 20-year national strategy, which had been forwarded to the Cabinet, he added. 

The NRSA committee on judicial reform had also pushed for the establishment of criminal courts focusing on corruption and malfeasance cases, which were established in October, said committee secretary Chumphon Sukman. 

The NRSA local administration reform committee had overhauled the structure of local administrative bodies by abolishing the Tambon Administrative Organisations, leaving only Provincial Administrative Organisations and municipalities to run in a more coherent administrative work, according to committee chairman Nininart Chalitanont. 

The committee has also encouraged inclusive administrations based on morality, he said.

The NRSA was set up following the dissolution of the National Reform Council, which proposed national reforms that have since been expanded by the assembly.

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