Let the child learn to walk before expecting him to run. Otherwise, he'll trip and fall, suffer a booboo and cry like a baby. But it seems the Thailand 2020 scheme is expecting the child to go straight from crawling to running in the Olympics.
At the Bangkok Post Forum 2013, keynote speaker Chadchat Sittipunt, the transport minister, spoke on the theme "Thailand 2020: investing in the future". He presented many statistics that could be described by a range of adjectives - ambitious, inspiring and saddening, to name but a few.
There was also a set of numbers that can be best thought of as comically tragic. Speaking of the failings of our "time usage" in the past, the minister offered the following insights:
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