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Statement by H.E. Mr. Jullapong Nonsrichai,

Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs

Kingdom of Thailand 

Mr. Chairman,

Excellencies,

Distinguished Delegates,

At the outset, I wish to thank the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the warm hospitality extended to us since our arrival and the excellent arrangements of this Meeting. My sincere appreciation also goes to His Excellency the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey for his able chairmanship of CICA.

Mr. Chairman, much has changed in the twenty years since CICA was initiated by President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan.  

So has our forum.

President Nazarbayev’s vision of promoting interaction and confidence among nations in Asia has matured into a globally recognized forum for constructive dialogue and multi-dimensional cooperation. 

It is therefore fitting that we are here in Astana to commemorate twenty years of the CICA process, to underscore our objectives of promoting peace, security and stability, and to strengthen our interaction by creating trust and innovative confidence-building measures among our peoples.            

Mr. Chairman,

Cooperation within CICA should be in tune with the increasingly multiple and complex challenges of the day.

 External economic shocks, natural and man-made disasters, climate change and their impacts on food security and gross humanitarian violations are among the new threats to global security and regional prosperity.

 We cannot shy away from dealing with these issues which ultimately affects the well-being of our peoples.  

Mr. Chairman,

Apart from CICA’s traditional role in enhancing trust and confidence building measures, I would like to highlight a few points which Thailand believes CICA can further make positive contributions to regional prosperity.

Firstly, Thailand attaches high importance to the economic dimension of CICA cooperation. It is the very foundation on which our peoples can live out their aspirations and where sustainable development can be achieved.

We believe trade and economic cooperation underpin peace and stability.

In making Asia this century’s true engine of global economic growth, we must work together to facilitate business opportunities at all levels, especially small and medium enterprises.      

In recent years, Thailand has organised the CICA Business Forum and Small and Medium Enterprises’ Networking, and also the meeting of the CICA Economic Sub-Group.   

We are ready to discuss with CICA members on a possibility to host these business events in Thailand again next year. 

Secondly, given our combined rich cultural heritage and natural attractions, we could cooperate on creating a conducive environment for promotion and facilitation of tourism. 

This will help to promote trust and gain a better understanding of one another, leading to more people-to-people-contacts.

Thirdly, we must share innovative ideas and best practices in capacity building.

In February this year, Thailand organised an International Narcotics Law Enforcement Training Course for CICA.    

I wish to reaffirm that we will continue to cooperate with CICA members through our technical assistance and training courses.

Lastly, we must work together to build CICA with a strong sense of community and into one which can work in sync with other regional blocs.    

To take the example of ASEAN, Thailand is exerting all efforts in enhancing connectivity in all dimensions in order to move ASEAN towards a people-oriented Community in 2015. The ongoing community-building efforts will create a single market and production base of 600 million.

This is expected to generate not only economic dynamism but also create confidence, trust, and shared benefits. Our initiative, the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), to which many of you are members, also reflects these core values.

Mr. Chairman,  

On a final note, I wish to reaffirm Thailand’s determination to play a constructive role in serving the international community after the recent political turmoil in our country as a bridge builder and a voice for moderation.

At home, we have started implementing people empowerment policies aimed at improving their livelihoods as well as the promotion of respect for democracy, equity and fundamental human rights.

 This is why we are currently serving in the Human Rights Council and will seek another term in 2015-2017. And that is precisely why we would like to serve as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the term 2017-2018. 

Mr. Chairman,

In closing, I would like to call on this forum to give priority to and actively participate in our positive agenda. We very much look forward to  working with all of you to advance the CICA process in a constructive and innovative direction.

Thank you.