19 Sep, 2015
Bangkok – The Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy, formulated by Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, was highlighted at a mobile exhibition held at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Pathumthani province, from 26 August to 2 September 2015.
Organized by Thailand’s Public Relations Department (PRD), in cooperation with AIT and the Royal Development Projects Board, the exhibition entitled “Royal Wisdom and Thai Culture” was launched at the AIT Conference Center on Aug. 26.
The exhibition forms a part of the PRD public relations campaign to promote a favorable image of Thailand, aiming to spread the message of this philosophy to a wider international audience. It also explores the values of Thai art, culture, history and folk life in various regions of the county.
Mr. Prawin Pattanapong, Deputy Director General of the Government Public Relations Department and Mrs. Suwanna Pasiri, Deputy Secretary-General of the Royal Development Projects Board, were welcomed to the campus for the ceremonial unveil of the exhibit by Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto, AIT Vice President for Resource Development.
Mrs. Kamolinee Suksriwong, Executive Director of the Bureau of Study and Extension of the Royal Development Works, Royal Development Projects Board, delivered a keynote speech at the event on “Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy for Sustainability.”
“We consider the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy to be the greatest gift from The King for all Thais,” Mrs. Kamolinee said.
According to the PRD, the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy is an innovative approach to development designed for practical application over various problems and situations. Bestowed by HM The King, it focuses on moderation, reasonableness, and self-immunity.
Internationally recognized, the philosophy can be applied by everyone in their daily life. It guides the transformation to a new national management system, based on the goals of efficiency, quality of life, and sustainability, the PRD said in a press release.
The Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy has been adopted by the Royal Thai Government as one of its major development policies since 1997. Eager to share its experiences with various countries in the application of this philosophy, it is now taking the message on the road to educate and entertain foreign audiences around the country.
The AIT Student Union coordinated with the PRD to bring the event to the AIT campus for the first time. The Student Union was represented at the event by its president Muhammad Imran Lodhi.
The multicultural community witnessed Thailand’s distinctive heritage on display and delighted in a traditional dance performance by a troupe from Ritthinarongron School.
“The Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy represents the guiding light to help the Thai people to survive through hard times. Not only during the 1997 economic crisis but also in the years after. The philosophy has been able to lead us to have a sustainable way of life in all aspects and at all levels: individual, community and national,” Mrs. Kamolinee concluded.