Mayor focuses on economy, culture, environment, participation in 2nd term

Friday, 03 August 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 31 By  Phasakorn Channgam

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome called on elected city officials to concentrate on the local economy, public participation, the environment and culture in a speech positioned to frame his work over the next four years.

In a speech at the first Pattaya City Council meeting of the 2012-2016 term, the mayor said elected officials should work together to make Pattaya “the tourism destination for all, pushing to preserve natural and environmental resources with potential in developing a sustainable economy and society with participation from citizens in thinking and acting for a brighter city.”

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome talks to elected city officials about his plans for the next four years. Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome talks to elected city officials about his plans for the next four years.

His action plan, dubbed “Together We Think & Act” focuses on four priorities.

The first is the city economy, working to push for more tourists by investing in natural tourism spots, beaches and islands.

The second group of policies covers public participation in education, foreign language development, security and health care.

The third priority looks at the environment, looking to eco-tourism as a revenue driver, wastewater treatment and garbage disposal.

Finally, culture initiatives should promote and spread history, tradition and art as well as incorporate contemporary culture, the mayor said.

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