By The Nation
The theme of the second BRF is “Belt and Road Cooperation: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future” and will be attended by leaders of 38 countries, Deputy Government Spokesman Maj-General Werachon Sukhon-dhapatipak said.
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and Transport Minister Akhom Termpittayapaisit will be accompanying the PM to the April 26-27 forum.
The attendees are expected to announce a joint declaration at the summit, which will reflect stronger cooperation and development policy in order to boost ties, economic cooperation and sustainable development among participating countries.
At the meeting, Prayut will highlight Thailand’s role as Asean chairman in promoting connections on all aspects as well as the Kingdom’s readiness to cooperate with China in connecting the region through the Master Plan on Connectivity (MPAC) 2020 and the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (Acmecs).
He also plans to extend cooperation in support of the Thailand 4.0 policy and the Eastern Economic Corridor that will link economies in the sub-region.
Thailand expects to become Asean’s centre for logistics, transportation and communications and a gateway to China.
Werachon said Prayut will hold bilateral meetings with China’s President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Vice Prime Minister Han Zheng to boost bilateral relations and cooperation.