As a move to prepare Thailand for ASEAN Community (AC), which is set to be formed in 2015, the Thai Ministry of Labour proposes Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESB) 10 projects, hoping that the country will have labour protection standard that is recognized at international level, and will be prototype of human resource development for other countries.

The Thai government has resolved to have the NESDB, the Secretariat of the Cabinet, and concerned agencies mapped out a master plan to help prepare Thailand for the AC and to have these agencies work together to help push the AC into existence by 2015.

The Ministry of Labour has been tasked to arrange a three-year government operational plan (2013-2015) as well as other plans and projects to help Thailand prepare for the AC. They must be in line with the building of the AC, which consists of three main pillars namely ASEAN Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community. The Ministry has also instructed concerned agencies to map out 10 projects to help Thailand prepare for the AC and rank them in order of importance, from the least important project to the flagship project.

So far, three projects were designed by Department of Employment such as:

– Information system development project to support free flow of labour,

– Laws/rules/regulation improvement project, and

– Awareness building project on decent work.

The Department of Skill Development has designed two projects:

– Skill development project for the preparation of the AEC, and;

– Occupational skill development projects for women, youth, old-age people, people with disability, and informal workers.

Meanwhile, the Department of Labour Protection and Welfare has designed two projects: a project to create workplace prototype and a project to improve labour management.

The Office of Social Security has also designed 2 projects, which are:

– A project to transform the workers rehabilitation center into the South East Asian workers rehabilitation training center with comprehensive training curriculum for workers with disability, and

– A project for the protection of ASEAN social security rights.

Moreover, Office of the Permanent Secretary has also designed one project, which is a study of capability of Thai workers in trade, service, and investment sectors.

Implementation of these projects has yet to be announced.

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