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December 6, 2017
Remarks by Ms. Dao Vibulpanich Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Royal Thai Embassy at the Reception on the Occasion of the Thai National Day
Remarks by Ms. Dao Vibulpanich
Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the Royal Thai Embassy
at the Reception on the Occasion of the Thai National Day
Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa
Monday, 4 December 2017
Honourable Members of Parliament,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good evening, Bon Soir, and Sawasdee kah.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all of you who have travelled near and far to celebrate the Thai National Day with us tonight. We are honoured by your presence on this special occasion.
In Thailand, this special day falls on December 5th which marksthree auspicious occasions: the birthday anniversary of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand’s National Day and National Father’s Day. As you may know, the world community also celebrate the “World Soil Day” on December 5th to promote and raise awareness of the importance of soil for agricultural development, nutrition and food security. For Thailand, we recall with deepest gratitude the dedicated commitment of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej to the cause of soil, including sustaining soil health and preventing soil erosion .
As we gather here tonight, we have an opportunity to commemorate the legacy and lifelong dedication of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej who passed away peacefully on October 13th last year after 70 years on the throne. The whole country observed a one-year mourning period which was concluded after the Royal Cremation Ceremony, held on October 26th this year.
His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be remembered as the Monarch who dedicated all his life for the benefit of all Thai citizens. His Majesty’s work and vision are largely based on his Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, which has been widely acknowledged as a model of sustainable development. With the underlying principles of moderation, reasonableness and prudence, Sufficiency Economy Philosophy is Thailand’s guiding spirit towards sustainable development envisaged in the Sustainable Development Goals which were adopted by world leaders in 2015.
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, the current Monarch continues to carry on the works of his father. Through numerous Royal Projects in Thailand, His Majesty the King has provided both moral and financial support to improve the quality of life of the Thai people.
This year, Thailand joins with our Canadian and international friends in celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The foundations for the long and cordial relations between Thailand and Canada were laid five decades ago when His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit paid a Royal Visit to Canada in 1967 on the occasion of Canada’s centennial anniversary. Since then, Thai-Canadian relations have been significantly strengthened and further developed. In his then capacity as Crown Prince, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, paid a Royal Visit to Ottawa and Vancouver for Expo’86. The strong relationship continues to be fostered by the gracious presence of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette at the Royal Cremation Ceremony of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October this year in Thailand. Her presence at the Ceremony, especially after newly assuming office as Canada’s 29th Governor General, is significant and further strengthens cordial ties between Thailand and Canada.
A global marketplace has become more competitive, and countries are constantly on the look-out for new markets. Thailand offers rich opportunities for Canadian businesses and investors. Thailand is strong both in agricultural and manufacturing sectors. Our key strengths include automotive, electronics and food–processing industries, among others. Thailand also places great importance on nurturing new high-value-added industries while promoting environmentally friendly and sustainable development. We seek to increase Thailand’s competitiveness through science, technology and innovation in order to transform Thailand into a digital economy. These are all areas in which many countries, particularly Canada, have high levels of experience and can partner with Thailand for mutual benefit.
Thailand’s economy has been further strengthened by our attractive tourism industry. Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. In 2016, more than 32 million tourists visited Thailand, among them were 240,000 visitors from Canada. And we expect to enjoy continued growth in both tourist arrivals and tourism revenue in 2017. Whether you are travelling for leisure or business, Thailand offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy popular tourist attractions and to treasure a memorable business experience.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thank you once again for celebrating with us tonight. Please ensure that you have a chance to enjoy some of our authentic Thai cuisine.
On this note, Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to invite you all to join me in a toast to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun of the Kingdom of Thailand-to His Majesty’s good health, happiness and long life- and to the long-lasting friendship between Thailand and Canada.