On 21 November 2014, Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Ambassador of Thailand to the United States, accepted the invitation of the Fletcher Asia Club to give a special lecture on “The Thai-U.S. Strategic Partnership in the Context of the U.S. Rebalance to Asia” at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts. During the lecture, moderated by Professor Alan K. Henrikson, Lee E.
On 20 November 2014, Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Ambassador of Thailand to the United States, participated as a speaker in the panel discussion titled “The Future of ASEAN” at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the invitation of Harvard Thai Society, an organization of Thai undergraduate and graduate students studying at Harvard College and other Schools of the University. In his remarks, the Ambassador discussed the evolution of ASEAN, the importance of ASEAN to the region, its engagement with external partners, and ASEAN's potential as
On 3 - 4 November 2014, Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi accompanied 34 member companies of the U.S. - ASEAN Business Council (USABC), led by Mr. Alexander C. Feldman, President and CEO of USABC, to Thailand.
On 12 November 2014, Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi hosted a Luncheon Briefing on the Progress of Thailand's Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts for a group of U.S. importers and seafood retailers at the Royal Thai Embassy.
On 6 November 2014, the Royal Thai Embassy and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) jointly organized the Thai Food Day, on which around 45,000 students in over 100 public schools in the D.C. area had Thai food for breakfast and lunch. The Embassy and DCPS launched the Thai Food Day event at H.D. Cooke Elementary School - the school adopted by the Embassy under the Embassy Adoption Program (EAP) with the aim of providing American students with opportunity to learn about Thailand.
The Thailand Institute of Justice has joined the fight against human trafficking and announced last week that it will work closely with the Office of the Attorney General to find solutions and take more vigorous actions on cases of human trafficking.
Thailand’s Minister of Commerce reassured foreign investors last week that proposed amendments to the Foreign Business Act would ease restrictions and obstructions to doing business and would not change shareholding rules to reduce foreign control of companies.
Thailand is now the global leader in medical tourism, drawing 1.8 million visitors for treatment and care in 2013, according to a report by Bloomberg Markets magazine, while more than 70 percent of tourists visiting Thailand told a survey that the imposition of martial law did not deter them in any way from deciding to holiday in the Kingdom.
EMC Corporation of Massachusetts, described as the world’s largest information management firm, is promoting Thailand as its center for training data-science professionals in the Asia-Pacific region, with plans to recruit 25 academic partners and turn out 500 professionals in the next two years.
Thailand’s excellence in preserving the environment and culture was honored last week when the Protective Wing Bird Sanctuary in Chiang Mai was awarded the gold medal for green architecture in the Asia-Pacific region by the Holcim Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Swiss building materials manufacturer that promotes green and sustainable development.