Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday expressed strong support for research for national development given Thailand’s limited energy and natural resources.
In her opening speech at a forum on industrial development in Bangkok, she said Thailand should make full use of the country’s research on energy and natural resources to give the country a competitive edge in the coming ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015.
She called on higher-education institutes to more fully utilize their research results by joining together with the public and private sectors.
Future research, she pointed out, should be conducted in accord with the needs of the state and private sectors for the sake of agricultural and industrial development.
Research scholarships should aim at subjects that enhance the country’s development, she said.