Addressing the entangled, multi-angular challenges that currently plague our society hasn’t been overlooked. However, the dimensions these challenges encompass make their solutions far from straightforward, according to Srettha. He believes it all begins at the Constitution, which requires stipulated amendments. Though a roadmap has been delineated, it is still a work in progress.
Srettha’s emphasis on dialogue can’t be overstated. He fervently believes that the panacea to our societal ills lies in hearty conversations that focus on actions and problem-solving processes aimed at elevating society. He expressed his anxieties about the present economic state, asserting the need to push the country onward in tandem with Constitutional amendments. These amendments, in his opinion, should be potent enough to stimulate increased participation from the general public.
He reiterated the severity of economic problems that Thais currently grapple with. Over 10 million people are caught in the throes of these economic challenges. He underscored the urgency for providing more substantial aid to farmers to alleviate their loan burden.
In tandem with economic issues, he also pointed out another pressing concern—the alternating menace of floods and droughts. Water management is broken down into four segments: consumption, environmental systems, industry, and agriculture. According to Srettha, this problem demands immediate attention. The scant and sluggish rainfall this year has caused water levels behind dams to dwindle dangerously.
Srettha’s recent visit to the UN General Assembly in New York turned out to be an ideal platform to network with global leaders. It also served as a proclamation to the international community that Thailand is primed for business collaborations, spanning all countries.
In a bid to accelerate discussions for expanding free trade agreements, government officials will visit their counterparts in overseas nations. Prominent companies, notably Microsoft and Tesla, have evinced interest in investing in Thailand, pledging quantities upwards of US$5 billion. Srettha advocates diversifying Thailand’s economy to lessen the reliance on the agricultural sector.
Moreover, airports play pivotal roles in economic growth. Without further infrastructural enhancements of airports in major provinces, urban prosperity remains confined to Bangkok and Phuket. Tourism isn’t just about inflating visitor numbers, but finding ways to extend their stays. He suggests fostering an alliance among all ministries to advance airport facilities, permitting airplanes to function during nighttime. His vision is for Thailand to become a key player in electric vehicle production, a prospect likely to pose challenges for Japanese automakers. Srettha revealed ongoing negotiations with the automobile association to position Thailand as a production stronghold for future vehicle models.