Government Pushes for Development Projects Based on the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy

The Government is preparing to push for the implementation of pilot projects to develop about 19,000 villages nationwide, based on the Sufficiency Economy philosophy.

The projects will be carried out in cooperation with various organizations, such as the Office of the Royal Development Projects Board, the Royal Initiative Discovery Foundation, and the Rakkaew Foundation.

Deputy Government Spokesman Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd quoted Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as saying that, in its strategy for national development, the Government emphasizes the application of the Sufficiency Economy philosophy, initiated by His Majesty the King, as a result of his long experience in development work.

Sufficiency Economy is based on three major principles: moderation, rationality, and self-immunization from impacts arising from internal and external changes. His Majesty the King, time and again, laid stress on the principle of self-reliance, through adequacy in terms of assets and livelihood, as well as learning to exercise moderation. The idea of moderation is an important pillar of the Sufficiency Economy philosophy.

Major General Sansern said that another national development strategy is based on His Majesty the King’s royal advice to “understand, reach out, and develop.” The royal advice would be translated into action in order to improve the people’s living conditions in all parts of the country and for sustainable development.

The Office of the Permanent Secretary, under the Office of the Prime Minister, has adopted the “Area-Based Collaborative Research” approach for the mobilization of the Development Strategic Plan in Accordance with the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy, 2014 to 2017. The plan comprises seven strategies that have been set as guidelines for various public and private agencies to follow in the same direction, in line with royal initiatives and the needs of local residents.

One of the strategies seeks to promote Sufficiency Economy in the agriculture sector and rural areas. The core agency responsible for the implementation of this strategy is the Office of the Royal Development Projects Board. A total of 18,594 villages, accounting for 25 percent of the country’s total villages, are the main target of this strategy.

Other strategies involve the application of the Sufficiency Economy in educational institutions and the business and industrial sectors, the promotion of this concept in the international community, the mobilization of Sufficiency Economy in terms of security, proactive public relations campaigns for this philosophy, and the creation of a management mechanism to translate Sufficiency Economy into action on a wider scale for the maximum benefit.

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