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Thailand celebrates National Day today

Thailand celebrates its National Day today, marking a year where the country hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) as its chairman with the theme ‘Open.Connect. Balance’.

Today also coincides with the birthday of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, also known as Thailand’s “Father of the Nation.”

The country celebrates Father’s Day in Thailand in tandem with its National Day.

This year, under its APEC chairmanship, Thailand has promoted its homegrown Bio-Circular Green (BCG) Economy Model as the core strategy for sustainable and inclusive growth for the region. The country’s hosting of APEC 2022 came to a substantive conclusion during the 29th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting with the adoption of two important documents: The 2022 APEC Leaders’ Declaration and the Bangkok Goals on BCG Economy Model.

Thailand’s Prime Minister attributed the success of APEC 2022 as a collective success of all APEC economies who worked together to advance economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region against existing and emerging global challenges.

Thailand appreciates the active and valuable contributions of Brunei Darussalam during Thailand’s APEC Chairmanship, especially for the attendance of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam which demonstrated support for Thailand as the host nation.

Thailand is among the top trading partners of Brunei Darussalam with USD733.38million of total trade recorded between January to October, a growth of 56.14 per cent compared to the same time period of the previous year.

Apart from the strong economic ties, the two countries also shared a close people-to-people ties. Prior to the pandemic around 6,000 Thai tourists visited Brunei every year while around 18,399 Brunei arrivals are recorded in Thailand annually.

When regular flights to Bangkok resumed in 2022, Thailand recorded 3,022 arrivals from Brunei Darussalam up until October.

People gather beside trees adorned with fairy lights at Suan Luang Rama IX park in Bangkok. PHOTO: AFP