Public hearing on final reconciliation draft set on Monday in Bangkok-based First Army HQ 

The Government-appointed reconciliation committee will hold four rounds of public hearings on the draft social contract for national unity building in it’s effort to forge public understanding,  trust and to achieve cooperation in national reforms.

The first forum will be held in Bangkok on Monday at the First Army Region headquarters while three other forums between July 17-20 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Phitsanulok, and Nakhon Si Thammarat respectively.

Maj Gen Kongcheep

According to the committee spokesman Maj Gen Kongcheep Tantrawanich, 500 representatives from each region are expected to take part in the forum’s.

He said the public forum  will be a signicant start to forge understanding, trust of the people and will lead to cooperation in helping to bring the country to national unity and to live together in peace and happiness under a reconciliation atmosphere.

The draft social contract for national unity building was meant to create legally-binding commitment among political factions that they will cooperate in line with the national strategy and the 2017 Constitution.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha stressed the need to amend existing laws to cope with the global changes and situation and urged all parties to cooperate in national reforms, and at the same time to retain the country’s cultural identity.

He dismissed accusation that the military aimed to have the social contract as a tool to remain in power saying it just only a tool to facilitate and achieve the national reforms.

The  reconciliation final draft is expected to be forwarded to the reconciliation committee chaired by the deputy  prime minister on July 24 for endorsement.

The process to draft the social contract for national unity building started in mid-February when representatives from all sectors were invited to give opinions on to achieve national unity. Public comments were collected, catergorised and drawn up to a 3-page document called social contract for national unity building, by three committees set up under the reconciliation committee headed by deputy prime minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan.