Democrats plan new national blueprint
The Democrat Party kicked off the drafting of "Thailand's blueprint" yesterday by launching its Thailand Designing Institute.
The launch of the institute, which will be run under the Kuang Apaiwong Foundation, was attended by several key Democrats, including party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva, Apirak Kosayothin, Jurin Laksanavisit and former Asean secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan.
A seminar and workshop on the problems Thailand is facing were held as part of the launch, and Abhisit delivered a speech on the "overall picture of Thailand's development and future - options that we can design together".
He said it was time for Thais to raise questions about the country's economic growth and development, which should also take into account the widening economic gap and quality of life.
Abhisit also noted that the agricultural sector's ability to generate income in relation to the country's GDP had dropped from 30 per cent to just 10 per cent. As a result, he said the country's future needs to be changed, and for this, its structure and system needs to be overhauled in order to include all sectors, including political and civil sectors.
Abhisit went on to say that the country badly needed three key changes - a better education system, a reformed economic system and policies that are aimed at sustainability and good governance.
Surin said all 65 million Thais needed to realise that they play a key role in setting the country's direction, and work out exactly where the country should go by 2020.
He said Thailand had lost its competitiveness due to the lack of political stability, so members of society should realise the need to change for the better.