Remarks by H.E. Mr. Thani Thongphakdi Deputy Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand At the Special Meeting of CICA Ministers of Foreign Affairs “Transfer of the CICA Chairmanship to Tajikistan for the period 2018-2020” 24 September 2018, Benjamin Hotel, New York
First of all, I wish to thank Tajikistan for kindly hosting this important meeting and to congratulate her for assuming the CICA Chairmanship. We also join previous speakers in welcoming Sri Lanka to the CICA family. The expansion of CICA demonstrates the recognition of its value in boosting interaction and confidence building which are central to regional peace, security and development. Thailand also reiterates the sentiments shared by all CICA colleagues in thanking the Chinese Chairmanship for her outstanding leadership and valuable contribution over the past four years. During this time, CICA has made remarkable progress, particularly in improving capacity and institutional building, further deepening cooperation on CICA’s Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) in important areas and expanding its network of partners, including with the non-governmental sector. Mr. Chairman,
Thailand places importance on CICA and has actively participated in its activities. We were honoured to host the Special Working Group and Senior Official Meetings of CICA in 2007, 2014 and in 2017. Moreover, we offered
technical cooperation, including training courses on Combatting Illicit Drugs, annually from 2012 to 2016. We will continue to offer and extend cooperation in other areas of common interest with CICA Member States.
As coordinator for Confidence Building Measures of CICA in the area of sustainable development, Thailand has organized four training courses with emphasis on sustainable development for participants from CICA Member States, with more planned for in the near future. Mr. Chairman,
Thailand believes that diverse experiences among CICA Member States can be our strength. We should therefore explore ways and means to support and assist one another towards the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For Thailand, our path to development has been guided by the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP), initiated by our late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. We have found that the SEP can serve as a strong foundation to realize the SDG and stand ready to share our experiences with CICA Member States as part of our common effort to achieve the SDG. In addition, we believe CICA should continue to enhance engagement and cooperation in areas of mutual interests with other regional and sub-regional cooperation frameworks, such as the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD). The synergy that can be achieved will complement efforts to promote regional security and sustainable development in Asia. Mr. Chairman,
Let me conclude by thanking China once again for her Chairmanship over the past four years. Thailand is confident that under Tajikistan’s Chairmanship, CICA will achieve further progress in promoting peace, security and sustainable development in our region. To this end, please rest assured of Thailand’s continued support and cooperation. Thank you.