PM chairs ESCAP meeting

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BANGKOK, 22 May 2012- Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday presided over the opening of the 68th annual Commission Session of ESCAP at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, where she delivered inaugural statements under the theme, “Enhancing Regional Economic Integration in Asia and the Pacific.” 

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region.

During her speech, Ms Yingluck expressed Thailand’s full support to the United Nations, amidst economic and social challenges. She also placed an emphasis on regional and ASEAN cooperation in economic and social aspects, which will enhance the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), set to kick off in 2015.

ASEAN is aiming to develop a single market system to increase investments both within and outside of the region. She added the economic and financial cooperation will strengthen the region’s ability to handle global challenges.

The Prime Minister stated that the ESCAP meeting also supports women and children’s rights, as well as the fight against international crimes such as human trafficking and drugs. She said that Thailand has established a woman’s fund to tackle unfair treatments on women.