On 12 October 2014, Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi and Mrs. Wannipa Isarabhakdi, together with officers of the Royal Thai Embassy and Team Thailand and their spouses, attended the Royal Kathina Robe-Offering Ceremony at Wat Yarna Rungsee Buddhist Monastery, Virginia.
On 10 October 2014, the Royal Thai Embassy by Mr. Saroj Thanasunti, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission hosted dinner in honor of H.E. Mr. Sommai Phasee, Minister of Finance of the Kingdom of Thailand, together with high level officials from various financing organization and the delegation. The delegation was attending the 2014 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group on 9 - 12 October 2014 in Washington, D.C.
On 8-10 October 2014, Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi visited Utah upon the invitation by Brigham Young University for him to give a lecture on relations between Thailand and the United States to its students and faculty members. During his visit, the Ambassador also met with the Governor of the State of Utah, Utah businessmen, high-level representatives of Brigham Young University, senior members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as representatives of the Thai community in Utah and neighboring states. Ambassador Vijavat also gave an interview to local Thai and U.S. media and visited a number of prominent sites in the State.
On 24 and 25 September 2014, Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi, joined by Mr. Songsak Saicheua, Director-General of the American and South Pacific Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, met separately with Ms. Helena Kolenda, Program Director for Asia, and Mr. Ling Li, Program Director for Luce Scholars and Program Officer for Asia of Henry Luce Foundation, and with Dr. Alan Goodman, President of Institute of International Education (IIE), and Mr.
The United States government has given the green light to its armed forces to stage the 2015 Cobra Gold joint military exercises with host Thailand, the largest multilateral military exercises conducted by the U.S. in the Asia-Pacific region.
The deputy chief of the United States Embassy in Bangkok praised the measures Thailand has taken to prevent and control any possible spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the Kingdom. The U.S. official made the comments during a meeting with Thailand’s Deputy Minister of Public Health to discuss bilateral cooperation on public health.
Some prominent members of the National Legislative Assembly said last week they are working on drafting four laws that should reduce inequality, long regarded as a cause of social unrest and political divisions. The pro-poor laws concern progressive taxation, community title deeds, a land bank and a justice fund.
For the first time in seven years, Thailand will be auctioning off licenses to explore for oil and natural gas within its borders, as the Kingdom seeks new sources of fossil fuels in addition to developing alternative and renewable energy sources. Most of the blocks will be onshore in central and northeastern provinces, while some will be offshore.
The number of foreign businesses approved to open shop in Thailand increased by 7 percent through the first ten months of 2014, despite skittishness on the part of investors earlier in the year because of political uncertainties. Meanwhile, the government of Myanmar released statistics that showed Thailand is the second-largest foreign investor in its Western neighbor.