PM to visit New York to attend UNGA

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BANGKOK, Sept 22 — Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will visit the United States over September 23-29 to attend the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

She was scheduled to address the UNGA and meet US businesspeople to expand bilateral trade and investment and to restore confidence in Thailand.

Ms Yingluck would leave Thailand from Suvarnabhumi airport on Sunday at 5am and her entourage included Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong, Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, Public Health Minister Wittaya Buranasiri, and Industry Minister Pongsvas Svasti. Members of the private sector would also join this trip.

The UNGA would convene under the theme “Bringing about adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations by peaceful means” and Ms Yingluck’s speech would stress Thailand’s approach to preventing disputes arising from inequality. She would take this opportunity to create better understanding and confidence in Thailand.

The Thai premier would also attend parallel meetings such as “Every Women Every Child (EWEC): Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health” which were initiatives of the UN. Ms Yingluck would be a keynote speaker at the meeting and speak about Thailand’s Universal Health Coverage project and the Thai Women Empowerment Fund.

She was also invited to speak at the ASIA Society about Thailand and ASEAN.

During the visit, Ms Yingluck would chair an Executive Luncheon Meeting and lead the Thai private sector to discuss business opportunities with their US counterparts.

The Thai premier was scheduled to meet the mayor of New York City, Michael Rubens Bloomberg, and tour the metropolis which has successful experience in city planning.

She would also meet Myanmar President Thein Sein to update the latest news on the Dawei Port development project.

Ms Yingluck was reportedly to visit Brunei Darussalam on Sunday, on the way to New York, to attend the wedding of Princess Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah, daughter of the Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, and Pengiran Muhammad Ruzaini Pengiran Dr Mohd Yakub in Bandar Seri Begawan.