Nation U helps BMA officials brush up their English skills
July 04, 2014 00:00 By TANATPONG KONGSAI THE NATION
THE BANGKOK Metropolitan Administration has joined forces with Nation University to boost the English skills of civil servants ahead of the full implementation of the Asean Economic Community next year.
Under the English Communication for the Asean Community project, 330 city officials are studying English at the Be Bright Academy in Bangkok’s Ratchathewi district from now until August, BMA Deputy Governor Phussadee Tamthai said yesterday. Each of the 15 courses at the academy last for 36 hours.
Emphasising that English is important for the country’s development, Phussadee said the project was being held in accordance with the second phase of the BMA’s 12-year development plan and a strategy to improve its administration system.
She said the AEC would be a starting point for economic, political and social relations between member countries, meaning Thai civil servants would interact more with their Asean counterparts.
English is the medium of communication among Asean countries, especially among bureaucrats, and Thai civil servants had to improve their English to be able to communicate, negotiate and acquire knowledge from their Asean counterparts while also establishing good relations with them, leading to better cooperation.