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Honorary Consuls Association (Thailand) (HCAT) Organizes A Luncheon Talk on the Progress of NCPO’s Implementation Plan

August 5, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

H.E.Mom Rajawongse Pridiyathorn Dhevakul, senior advisor to National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) was, on Monday, 21st July, 2014, the guest speaker at the luncheon talk organized by the Honorary Consuls Association (Thailand) (HCAT) at the Sukosul Hotel.

Entitled “A Mirror of Thailand”, the seminar was attended by over 200 guests  and business leaders who were given an accurate update on NCPO’s Implementation Plan.


The highlight of H.E.Mom Rajawongse Pridiyathorn Dhevakul’s talk was on the proper direction of the Thai economy.  Thailand’s former Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister also focused on the most urgent economic recovery projects including disrupted government spending for the 2014 fiscal year—how they were concluded and completed or are being implemented.


H.E.Mom Rajawongse Pridiyathorn Dhevakul  not only gave the audience a comprehensive update on the successful revitalization of several urgent economic fronts which were almost on the verge of collapse.  He also confirmed NCPO’s unyielding commitment to pull Thailand out of the black hole by speeding up the budget flows to move the economic engine and at the same time setting a specific timeline for all necessary reforms to be completed in another 12-15 months so that a fair and transparent political election, free of vote rigging, would be held as soon as possible with the hope to see the formation of a truly democratically elected government before the end of 2015.


“The objective of the seminar today is for the public to have a chance to assess whether the progress of the NCPO ‘s implementation plan, particularly the economic resuscitation, has met the public’s expectation,” explained Mr. Sanan Angubolkul, HCAT’s Secretary General.


“The NCPO senior advisor’ speech has re-assured us that the timeline set out by NCPO is reasonable for a proper reform before the election,” remarked Dr. Virachai Techavijit, Chairman of HCAT Ad Hoc Committee on ‘Coup’ and Chairman of HCAT Foreign Affairs Committee.  “Without proper reform, a new election will only propel us back into the vicious circle.  Nineteen coups over the 82 years of Thailand’s history are unnecessarily too many.  We must do our best to make sure that this coup is the last coup.”


Dean Sribhumi Sukanetr, President of HCAT said, “We urge our allies, particularly in the Western ones, to understand and appreciate that time is needed, particularly at this important juncture to improve the Thai Constitution and to form our legislative body in such a way to prevent dictatorial corruption, to establish a truly democratic government through fair and fraudulence-free elections.”


According to Dean Sribhumi Sukanetr, the idea of organizing a luncheon talk was discussed among the 67 members of the Honorary Consuls Association in Thailand (HCAT) at the association’s bi-monthly meeting a little over one month ago, on June 12, 2014.  The members, at that point, unanimously resolved to issue a statement to the international media urging Thailand’s western allies to support the efforts of the ruling National Council for Peace and Order’s (NCPO) to improve the Thai Constitution by closing up loopholes that had, in the past, allowed dictatorial corruption in the form of “false” democracy.  Once amended, the new constitution will pave way to the establishment of a true democracy that will ensure that future elections are fair and are free of vote rigging.  The issuance of that statement was unsolicited and meant to calm down the negative reaction from the west. It briefly explained that the situation in Thailand after the Coup was certainly not as bad as it was being portrayed by the international media immediately after the Coup.  But understandably, in general the word ‘coup’ has a negative connotation by any definition.  Most military coups in both developing and underdeveloped countries have led to bloodshed and caused psychological and physical devastation to virtually all the citizens in those countries.  In principle, western democratic leaders were expected to stand up and condemn any form of military coup.  The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and President Obama did just that. That was completely understandable.


Today, it is 60 days into the cleaning process and it is an opportune time to invite a senior person within the inner circle of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to bring HCAT members, diplomats, mass media and business leaders up to date.  The Association members would then be able to consider whether to remain supportive of NCPO or to side with the West’s criticism that NCPO’s performance is below par.  The senior advisor to the NCPO, H.E.Mom Rajawongse Pridiyathorn Dhevakul was then invited by the Association to give a progress report on what have been achieved since May 22nd.

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