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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs                  9  September 2011

Thai PM signals AEC change for military

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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has instructed senior military officers from the three branches to prepare for changes in their roles as the creation of the Asean Economic Community in 2015 draws near.

As the global community expands, Thailand has to adapt itself to the changing times by thinking globally, and reaching outside its national borders.

International investors were moving their production bases to Asean countries, which presented another challenge.

Thailand must get its economy ready to take advantage of prime opportunities that stem from this industrial migration, Ms. Yingluck told officers who are studying at five security colleges operated by the three branches of the armed forces.

Officers in attendance presented their recommendations for national and military strategies from 2012 to 2016 at the Army Club, off Vibhavadi Rangsit Road.

The student officers at the meeting were from the National Defence College, Joint Staff College, Army War College, Naval War College and Air War College.

Also in her speech, the prime minister said she wanted to see improvements in democracy and the rule of law and equity, which should not be overlooked because they would lead to stability in the nation.

As for social changes, the prime minister said the government will try to come up with strategies that will help improve the well-being of all Thais, solve poverty and minimise disparities in society.

"We all have to be prepared for the words 'change' and 'risk'.

"Don't only listen to problems. After hearing them, we must make adjustments.

"Then, the government will use this occasion to solve problems in the country," the prime minister said.

Students from the five security colleges suggested the government increase the country's military capacity and purchase modern war weapons, including submarines and more fighter jets.



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