21
Dec.
2018

H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister, received H.E. Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN

21
Dec.
2018

H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister, received H.E. Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN

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(21 December 2018) His Excellency General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister, received  His Excellency Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN, at the Ivory Room, Thai Khu Fah Building, Government House.  Lt. Gen. Werachon Sukondhapatipak, Deputy Government Spokesperson, disclosed gist of the meeting as follows:

The Prime Minister particularly commended ASEAN Secretary-General’s humanitarian role in promptly and efficiently providing assistance to Lao PDR in the wake of flood disaster in June. He also underscored Thailand’s pride and readiness in assuming ASEAN chairmanship next year.

The ASEAN Secretary-General expressed pleasure to provide support Thailand in driving its ASEAN chairmanship’s overarching theme: “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”. The Prime Minister stressed the country’s intent to promote cooperation and partnership within ASEAN, and between ASEAN and friends outside the region, while maintaining ASEAN centrality, toward tangible results and ASEAN sustainability in all dimensions.

ASEAN Secretary-General also commended Thailand’s integrative effort to address Illegal Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU), and added that the country could be a role model to other ASEAN member countries.

Both parties came to terms that ASEAN has to get ready and plan toward the future, and that ASEAN Secretariat should enhance its role in liaising with organizations with specific expertise in establishing ASEAN Centers in Thailand, especially ASEAN Centre for Sustainable Development Studies and Dialogue (ACSDSD), ASEAN Centre for Active Ageing and Innovation, and ASEAN Center of Military Medicine (ACMM). The Prime Minister was also of the view that ASEAN tighten its measures to tackle cyber threats and promote cyber security.

Under its ASEAN chairmanship, Thailand commits to address operation challenges under the 3 Pillars of ASEAN. Focus will be made on the following 3 issues: 1) endorsing Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiation to be concluded by 2019; 2) collaborating with ASEAN Secretariat in mobilizing seamless connectivity in the region; and 3) pushing forward pending agreements and issues.

The Prime Minister and ASEAN Secretary-General also took the occasion to discuss regional issues. On the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, the ASEAN Secretary-General has made a visit to Myanmar on December 17-18 to discuss the role of ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre), while Thailand is of the view that humanitarian process is urgently needed in Rakhine, and ASEAN could take on a bridging role in working together with Myanmar. With regard to the South China Sea, the priority is to promote stability and prosperity in the area. The two parties also discussed trade war, and situation in the Korean Peninsula.

At the end, the Prime Minister made a commitment that Thailand would work at full capacity as ASEAN chair, and be a good host.