BANGKOK (October 26): ASEAN is expected to start reopening and allowing safe travel to revive economies affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in the region, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha said.
Citing Thailand as an example, he said the kingdom has already opened pilot areas under the Phuket Sandbox program to accommodate foreign tourists and will gradually open more areas in other provinces for international tourism.
“The ASEAN Travel Corridor Arrangement Framework should be used, with mutual recognition of vaccines and vaccine certificates to facilitate business travel, and later tourism,” he said. in his address to the 38th and 39th ASEAN Summits and related summits via videoconference on Tuesday.
Prayuth said ASEAN should avoid unnecessary measures that could impede the flow of goods to ensure the connectivity of our supply chain during the pandemic and make more use of the intra-ASEAN market to boost our regional economy.
The Covid-19 crisis underscores the region’s vulnerability to emerging threats that could arise beyond expectations, he said.
Prayuth added that ASEAN should further strengthen preparedness in response to emerging diseases and strengthen long-term public health security, including by promoting cooperation in vaccine research and development to achieve vaccine safety and development. autonomy in the region.
âCurrently, Thailand is on the right track in developing Covid-19 vaccines and the country is ready to cooperate with other ASEAN member states on this issue,â he said.
Prayuth reaffirmed Thailand’s commitment to jointly advance the ASEAN community and forge greater regional integration, so that ASEAN can continue to serve as a major engine of the global economy and society.