CIMT and NCIA Collaboration on the Rubber Cities in IMT-GT WorkshopMay 24, 2019
12th IMT-GT Summit, Bangkok ThailandJune 28, 2019
During the 12th IMT-GT Summit held in Bangkok, H.E Prayut Chan-o-cha agreed with the Ministers’ report and the proposed ways forward, especially on the development of connectivity to further support development in other aspects, and the cooperation with current development partners. He believes that IMT-GT could reach out to other potential partners in the future such as India, China, Japan, Singapore, Korea and Australia. However, he proposed that IMT-GT should accelerate actions in 5 significant areas as follows;
First, the monitoring and evaluation of the progress made by IMT-GT on the basis of real inclusiveness: IMT-GT should consider this progress based on our success in improving all stakeholders’ quality of life, reducing economic disparity in all including the local community level, and creating opportunities for enterprises of all sizes. Furthermore, we should take into account on our ability to secure sources of funding for large-scale infrastructure development, as well as smaller financial options such as community funds, and our progress in reducing inequality in term of rights and access to public services, education and skill development.
Second, the development of infrastructure network linkages that are prioritized and integrated to strengthen connectivity in order to enhance competitiveness amidst the change in global and regional directions resulted partially from the discussions among the world leaders in the Second Belt and Road Forum in China, as follows.
Ranong - Phuket - Penang - Aceh / Medan - Penang - Songkhla Corridor: by accelerating the development of maritime connectivity from the Malay Peninsular to Sumatra to create potential linkages with China’s Belt and Road Initiative through to the Strait of Malacca. IMT-GT should also develop cruise routes linked to onshore tourism and accelerate integration.