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Debate Night Showdown: Thai PM Candidates Go Head-to-Head in Explosive English-Language Battle!

Top Thai prime minister candidates are set to present their visions at an English-language debate organized by the Nation Group and the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) on Saturday, April 29th. The event, entitled “PM Candidates Debate in English: Meet PM Candidates & Heads of Strategist Teams,” will be covered by various prominent international media outlets and live-streamed online.

The purpose of this event is to inform the international community about the policies of parties vying for election and the potential impacts of these policies globally. As the exclusive English-language platform for significant parties to share their ideas for Thailand, the debate aims to highlight the leadership qualities of the prime minister candidates.

Intended to appeal to an international English-speaking audience, both in Thailand and overseas, the event targets citizens, businesses, trade, investment, and government officials impacted by Thailand’s general election and its resulting changes.

As a leading educational institution in Thailand, NIDA acknowledges the significance of supporting political policy communication and governance to improve the country’s reputation on the global stage.

The event comprises three parts: Vision, Discussion, and Debate, offering an open forum for political parties and key figures to introduce their strategies and plans for Thailand’s development and prosperity.

Participating parties include Pheu Thai Party, represented by PM candidate Srettha Thavisin* and Prommin Lertsuridej; Democrat Party, represented by PM candidate Jurin Laksanawisit* and Kiat Sittheeamorn; Palang Pracharath, represented by former finance minister Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala; Chartthaipattana, represented by party leader and acting Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa; Move Forward Party, represented by leader Pita Limjaroenrat* and Parit Wacharasindhu; Thai Sang Thai Party represented by leader Sudarat Keyuraphan* and Pokin Palakul; Chart Pattana Kla, represented by leader Korn Chatikavanij* and Attawit Suwanpakdee; and United Thai Nation Party represented by ML Chayothit Kridakorn. (*To be confirmed/video call/recorded video.)

Party representatives will face tough questions from international press agencies and diplomatic corps attending the event, including the Straits Times (Singapore), Nikkei, CNA (Taiwan), the Guardian newspaper (UK), Xinhua, Voice of Vietnam, Asian Network for Free Elections, and several embassies in Bangkok.

The “PM Candidate Debate in English: Meet PM Candidates & Heads of Strategist Teams” will take place at NIDA on Seri Thai Road in Bangkok on Saturday, April 29, from 2 pm to 4 pm.

To register, click the link or scan the QR code. The event will also be broadcast live through Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

In addition, English-language news outlet The Nation is providing special content and reports covering the May 14 election, including The Nation Roundtable, a significant platform for discussing hot topics such as international trade and investment, geopolitics and geoeconomics, soft power, and the digital economy.

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