Bangkok supports China's Asian infrastructure investment bank
November 14, 2014 13:32 3,870 Viewed
Thailand has expressed support for China's proposed establishment of an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, noting that promoting regional connectivity is the heart of development and economic integration in Asia and Pacific, Thai Prime Minister Prayut
The challenge comes from fundraising for the infrastructure development, he said.
The meeting brought together leaders of world powers including the US, China, Russia, India and Japan as well as the Asean’s secretary general, the UN and the chair of the Asian Development Bank.
Gen Prayut told the meeting that the EAS should be the forum for national leaders to seriously discuss regional strategies concerning political, security, economic and social issues as well as regional challenges.
He also urged EAS to increase its role in resolving crossborder problems, especially disasters, epidemics and transnational crimes including the trafficking of drugs, people and wildlife.
Gen Prayut gave his assurance that Thailand was willing to share information to facilitate the suppression of human trafficking as the problem was a national agenda concern.
He urged the region to eliminate malaria by the end of 2030 and to protect itself from the Ebola virus. He proposed health ministers in the region meet and discuss joint efforts to cope with the disease soon.