As one of the founding members of Asean, Thailand has long played an active role in regional development, but it must do more if it wants to achieve meaningful benefits from the Asean Economic Community (AEC).
Improvements in the education system and English-language skills are at the top of the list, in the view of Manasvi Srisodapol, director-general of the Department of Information at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“In consumer products, Thailand is doing quite well across the region. We now can easily find Thai products on our neighbouring countries’ supermarket shelves. However, the areas of education and language ability for Thais are still seen as the main drawbacks for the country,” said Mr Manasvi.
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