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.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called for more free-trade agreements and closer cooperation between Thailand, other Asian nations and Europe while attending the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan, Italy, last week, his first international summit since becoming Thailand’s leader in May.
The Thailand representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) praised the Kingdom’s migrant worker registration program as a significant attempt to prevent human trafficking. Meanwhile, Thai police uncovered over 100 South Asian trafficking victims in southern Thailand and rescued a group of underage girls from Laos from a northern brothel last week.
A few of the members of the National Reform Council who have been assigned to restructure the energy sector said last week they wanted to devise measures that would end price distortions in the marketplace, promote efficiency, sustainable supplies and affordable prices. Thailand is heavily dependent on foreign oil and gas for its energy needs.
Executives managing the Government Pension Fund said last week they will ask the Ministry of Finance to relax its rules and allow them to invest a higher percentage of the fund’s holdings in foreign assets, particularly foreign equities, in order to gain more robust returns for the fund’s contributors.
Renewed confidence in the economy has more Thais opening their pocketbooks to travel abroad for vacations, with six million expected to visit destinations overseas this year, representing a quarterly increase of 10 percent and a 5 percent expansion for the entire year, the Thai Travel Agents Association said last week.