At the moment, all Australians have a good time their nationwide vacation, Australia Day. To mark the event, Australian Ambassador to Thailand Allan McKinnon PSM has supplied a particular message to all Aussies with a particular connection to Phuket.
Allan McKinnon PSM, Australian Ambassador to Thailand.
On the event of Australia’s Nationwide Day, I want to lengthen my warmest needs to the Kingdom of Thailand and the Thai folks.
This yr’s Australia Day comes after months of bushfires, which have devastated our land, wildlife and other people. As Australia’s Ambassador, I’ve been overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of assist and help from the Thai neighborhood, and the Australians dwelling in Thailand. This generosity displays the nice and cozy bonds between Australians and Thais, nurtured over many many years of exchanges and cooperation.
I might significantly prefer to say an enormous ‘Thank You!’ to the folks of Phuket for his or her assist. Khun Bhummikitti, President of the Phuket Vacationer Affiliation, visited my residence on Thursday, 23 January to current a cheque of virtually 1,000,000 baht for bushfire reduction actions. This cash was raised by the current enjoyable run and different fundraising in Phuket. Phuket folks have an enormous coronary heart! Khun Bhummikitti additionally offered me with ‘Nong Joong’, the Phuket mascot.
With Australia’s nationwide bushfire restoration efforts nicely underway, I urge the Thai folks to proceed visiting, learning, travelling and investing in our stunning nation. Australians are resilient folks, and with the assist of buddies like Thailand, we are going to get better and rebound.
Our people-to-people hyperlinks are robust and enduring. 800,000 Australians go to Thailand yearly, whereas there are nearly 20,000 Thai college students enrolled in Australian schooling amenities. Beneath Australia’s flagship New Colombo Plan, over 1,300 Australian college students have studied in Thai universities, forging particular connections between the subsequent technology of Australians and Thais.
In 2019, Australia and Thailand’s relationship grew throughout commerce and funding, defence and safety, schooling, agriculture, migration and legislation enforcement. Thailand’s funding in Australia has grown to nearly AUS$7 billion, funding new tasks in vitality, sugar, resorts and different areas. And there are greater than 200 Australian firms in Thailand.
We expanded cooperation on essential safety points, together with the launch of the ASEAN-Australia Counter-Trafficking Initiative, and the signing of the Australia-Thailand Memorandum of Understanding on Cyber and Digital Economic system Cooperation. We elevated the variety of Working Vacation Maker visas out there to Thais from 500 to 2,000 per yr.
Australia congratulates Thailand on a profitable yr as ASEAN Chair in 2019. Thailand’s legacy would be the adoption of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, whose imaginative and prescient for a peaceable area Australia shares, and the finalisation of the Regional Complete Financial Partnership, which is able to improve regional financial integration and openness.
A spread of high-level visits in 2019 underscored the momentum within the Australia-Thailand relationship, together with visits by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Minister for Overseas Affairs and Minister for Girls, Marise Payne and Minister for Commerce, Tourism and Funding, Simon Birmingham. In 2019, Australia was honoured to host visits by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn and Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn. In 2020, Australia appears ahead to visits by Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Military Basic Apirat and Chief of Defence Forces Basic Ponpipaat.
When our two Prime Ministers met in November, they indicated their intent to raise our already wealthy relationship to a Strategic Partnership, which is able to see higher political oversight and even stronger ranges of cooperation.
I sit up for working with our buddies and colleagues in Thailand to raise our already wealthy relationship to a good increased airplane in 2020.
I want everybody a cheerful Australia Day.
Allan McKinnon PSM
Australian Ambassador to Thailand