BANGKOK, 8 November 2014 – Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has affirmed the government’s determination to push forward the memorandums of understanding (MoUs) recently signed with Cambodia, particularly the one seeking to eradicate human trafficking.
Speaking of his official visit to Cambodia during October 30-31, Gen Prayut stated in his weekly televised address that the prime objective of the visit was to strengthen ties with the neighboring country and regain confidence. He said one of the great achievements was the signing of an MoU on bilateral cooperation to eliminate human trafficking and assist the victims.
The premier remarked that the government recognized the growing threats of human trafficking on the national, regional and global levels and had been placing importance on finding solutions. The newly-signed MoU was, therefore, adjusted from the old one in order to be in line with the current situation and to tackle the problem more effectively.
Another method used by the government to deter human trafficking activities is the registration of migrant workers in Thailand. The Prime Minister revealed that more than one million foreign nationals, the majority of whom were Cambodian, had registered for work permits, insisting that the process was being expedited for them.
According to Gen Prayut, the other two MoUs signed during the visit will also bring Thailand and Cambodia to a new level of cooperation. One of them concerns the promotion of tourism in the form of joint packages while the other focuses on the enhancement of railway connectivity between the two neighbors.