Work and build together, PM tells BRICS meet

Work and build together, PM tells BRICS meet

Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has proposed a tight relationship between Thailand and BRICS as well as BRICS Plus member countries to achieve steady economic recovery, said government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana.

Gen Prayut gave his speech on June 24 via a teleconference at the 14th BRICS Summit chaired by President Xi Jinping of China.

BRICS is an acronym of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, all major emerging economies. Thailand joined the meeting as a member of the 13 Emerging Markets and Developing Countries (EMDCs) which also includes Indonesia, Cambodia and Malaysia.

The PM proposed that all countries should work together to address the world's economic challenges through revitalising multilateralism towards greater resilience, balance and equity.

In that light, he said nations of the world should join hands and refrain from food export bans.

''As one of the world's largest food producers and exporters, Thailand will invest in ensuring seamless delivery of food and essential goods to those in need,'' he said.

Gen Prayut said Thailand looks forward to working with BRICS partners through Asean, the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to scale up investment in creation of emerging technologies and enhance cross-border interoperability of digital, transport and energy infrastructure.

He went on to say Thailand believes that multilateralism must be pursued in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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