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Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has cited 2019 as another very important year for Thailand. In addition to the elections which will lead to sustainable democracy, Thailand will have an important role in advancing the ASEAN Community.
As ASEAN Chair in 2019, he said, Thailand will open its home to welcome leaders and foreign dignitaries, including ASEAN friends and ASEAN’s dialogue partners. Thailand will host over 180 meetings, in both major and secondary towns.
Gen Prayut invited all Thais to join hands as good hosts for smooth and successful meetings for the pride of the nation, and to fulfill the expectations of the international community.
He stressed that ASEAN’s success depends on a partnership of all sectors, working to promote and advance the ASEAN Community in a sustainable manner.
Over 50 years ago, ASEAN was born in Thailand, he noted, adding that ASEAN has a population of six hundred million people and is the sixth largest economy in the world. It has played a constructive role and is well-received by the global community. Hence, the opportunity to assume the ASEAN Chairmanship is an important duty, an honor for Thailand and the Thai people.
The Prime Minister congratulated Khemphong Rungsawang and Chayuta Homhnug, the designers of the logo Thailand will use during its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2019. The logo is inspired by flower garlands which are a Thai symbol of welcome. In addition, the beautiful flower arrangement represents the ASEAN Community’s unity, cooperation, and support for each other.