PM urges political parties to set their policies in line with NCPO’s National Strategy

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called on all political parties to set their policies in line with his government’s 20-year National Strategy.

In his weekly address Friday night (Oct 20), he said he would like to share his idea and that of his government with all parties concerned so that they could cooperate with the government in advancing toward the same direction “that is how to make the people more capable, resilient, self-sufficient and happier, as well as participate more in the policy making and management of the country in a democratic system.”

“We must ask whether we should be a democracy that maintains a Thai uniqueness. We need to think about this. I think it is necessary that we do as we move towards a democracy and we should understand the regulations and laws better. It may be hard today, but it will be better tomorrow,” said the prime minister.

He stressed that the government needs cooperation from politicians of all political parties regarding the implementation of the 20-year National Strategy.

Gen Prayuth insisted that the 20-year National Strategy is not  “a trap of obsoleteness” and would not lead the country to a standstill. 

“What is important is continuity, and therefore, successive governments should contribute there policies for the next 20 years. All political parties should build on the foundation that the government and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has established,” he explained.

The prime minister went on saying that political parties could make modification to the strategy must be in accordance with the laws.

“We must be able to distinguish between party platforms and the National Strategy,” Gen Prayut added.

He said he wanted all stakeholders to build up confidence, to join hands and to have mutual trust to move forward together for the betterment of the country and its people.