The Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) has vowed to amplify the promotion of soft power as a critical driver of the Thai economy should they emerge victorious in the upcoming general elections. Charnkrit Dejwithak, a representative for the party’s election strategy committee, emphasized the significance of a soft power development policy, as exemplified by the internationally popular Songkran festival.
However, Charnkrit expressed concern about the lack of support for the country’s soft power initiatives. To remedy this, the PPRP promises to implement measures aimed at advancing these initiatives through the Pracharath fund if elected into government. Some highlights of these efforts include promoting Thai kickboxing, traditional fabrics, performing arts, films, and festivals. By spotlighting these cultural products, the PPRP seeks to improve Thailand’s competitiveness and revenue generation.
With the election just around the corner, the party is preparing to launch new strategies aimed at engaging with voters across the country. In a related development, the Bhumjaithai Party has pledged to improve the lives of more than 1.3 million local health volunteers by offering them attractive financial incentives.
Through a press conference led by party leader Anutin Charnvirakul, Bhumjaithai unveiled policies aimed at enhancing living conditions for local health volunteers—the backbone of the country’s public health security. Acknowledging the vital role these volunteers have played in creating a reliable national health infrastructure, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, Anutin reaffirmed his party’s commitment to their welfare.
As Public Health Minister, Anutin announced that the government rewarded health volunteers with a bonus of 1,000 baht in 2018 and plans to raise the budget allocation to accommodate a 2,000-baht stipend starting from the next financial year, beginning October 1. Bhumjaithai supports this budget increase and pledges to uphold it if they form the government after the elections.
Other policy proposals include offering health insurance with daily compensation and additional benefits for health volunteers, such as a 500,000-baht provision for the family of a volunteer who passes away while on duty, zero-interest loans of up to 100,000 baht, and a savings fund initiative. “Our policy will ensure the financial stability of health volunteers as we value their efforts. We are ready to make this a reality as soon as we are voted in to form the government,” Anutin said.
In summary, Thailand’s upcoming election sees rival parties outlining various strategies to boost the country’s soft power and improve the living conditions of its vital public health volunteers. As the election inches closer, these promises and proposals could potentially sway voters in favor of one party or the other.