“Thailand Reform Institute” established to heed public opinions regarding national reform

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BANGKOK, 27 October 2014   A civic group called “Thailand Reform Institute” has been launched by a group of National Reform Council (NRC) members with an aim to act as a coordinating center for movements related to national reform.

After the introduction of the newly-established Thailand Reform Institute, a group of NRC members and academics, led by Sangsidh Piriyarangsan, said the institute’s main responsibility would be to spread information about politics and national administration as well as heed public opinions on national reform.

President of the newly-formed body Mr. Sangsidh, who also acts as a dean of the College of Social Innovation at Rangsit University where the institution was launched, said the civic group would work as a coordinating center for all movements in the areas of reform and national development, adding that it would work to help build a strong democratic society as well as to monitor the use of power by the government.

Meanwhile, speaking as the director of the institute, a lecturer at the College of Social Innovation and the Green Group leader Suriyasai Katasila said the newly-formed body would call on the NRC and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to draw up a long-term plan for national reform and to make sure that public opinions are not taken for granted.

He also explained the reason why some of the NRC members were included in the Thailand Reform Institute committee, saying that talks to establish such institute had well taken place before the appointment of the NRC, while assuring that this matter would not be a problem in terms of work of the institute.