Cambodian students visit Pattaya to study its structure

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A group of Cambodian government workers learned the structure and management of Pattaya City during a seminar on special administrative zones organized by the National Institute of Development Administration.

City Councilman Rattanachai Sutidechanai welcomed the 10 students in NIDA’s local governance training course who were brought to Pattaya by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Thailand International Cooperation Agency.

City Councilman Rattanachai Sutidechanai greets a group of Cambodian government workers here to learn the structure and management of Pattaya City.City Councilman Rattanachai Sutidechanai greets a group of Cambodian government workers here to learn the structure and management of Pattaya City.

Rattanachai’s lecture on “Roles and Responsibilities of Special Administrative Management” illustrated how Pattaya and Bangkok, the country’s only two special administrative organizations, differ in structure and management from other cities.

The seminar also covered the structure and operations of general administrative organizations governing provinces, districts and sub-districts.

Pattaya was developed from the village of Naklua in Banglamung District, which, in 1956, was upgraded to a sanitation district. In 1964, that district was expanded to include Pattaya Village and the city was founded and incorporated in 1978 as a special administrative zone.

The reason for making Pattaya a special entity was due to Chonburi’s rapid economic growth, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. Consequently, it generated a lot of income and grew very fast and caused many social and environmental problems that affected the entire country.

It was necessary to have cooperation to solve the problems urgently, so Pattaya City was established to become a special local administration to solve local problems efficiently and in accordance with the principles of self-governance at the time.