Saturday, 8 October 2016

Thailand – UK Partnership: policy initiatives

Thailand – UK Partnership: policies
October 2016

Various policies that could form the basis of improved UK-Thai activity:

1. Hi-speed rail: Yangon(Kwai)-BKK-PP-HCMC (nb. Kasetsart and Newcastle Universities engineering depts. existing exchanges)
2. Vinh-Vientiane railway to capital city inland from deepsea port on Pacific
3. Increase Thai students to UK: 8k to 17k as Malay
4. East Asian languages in UK schools: Japanese now taught in UK primary schools - zero ASEAN?
5. 4x Kent Universities: East Asian Studies and language courses
6. TDRI and TRF exchanges with UK thinktanks eg Reform
7. Basson HCMC: UNESCO status for development
8. Danang University and Tech park: UK investment template – and True Digital Park expansion?
9. Discovery Park Kent: vaccines, AMR, Rabies etc
10. UK Tourism: 1M UK tourists to Thailand, and Thai visitors to UK 3rd highest spend, Gatwick/LHR: Vietnam Air/Thai Air slots
11. HS2/HS3 (Kent HS1): Hitachi, Fujitsu and Nissan - Panasonic Benelux
12. Chaopraya Promenade: Embankment example
13. BKK increase green spaces: town planning
14. Mobile: True and AIS
15. Exchanges: Chula, Thammasat, Kasetsart, SPU, Mahidol MMU
16. James Bond Day: 5th October: Thai film and BKK studios 2017 activity
17. Operation Masterdom and Long Thanh: Vietnam
18. Isaan tartan and language: Khon Kaen university
19. Chevening scholarships x3 – other scholarships/apprenticeships
20. Kwai Festival: UK promotion
21. Thai cookery: Michelin stars, celebrity chefs
22. Royal Mint: orchids stamps/coins etc promotions
23. GPO/Thai Post Office: orchids stamps etc
24. Sgt Pepper: 2017 Promotion
25. Sincerity PR: SCB, SCG, Landmark, Paragon, True, TAT, ThaiAir, Kasikorn
26. Surin Charity: Isaan and Cambodia schools
27. Sports: football and cycling (Carabao and Chelsea sponsorship)
28. Queen Sirikit Fashion Museum and V&A: exchanges
29. Retail: Boots, Tesco Lotus, Paragon, Gaysorn etc
30. UK/Thai Police: exchanges – CCU forensic dept
31. Morlam and Kundrum: music promotions
32. Ferry and swimming safety: RNLI
33. Rajabkhat: colleges/languages exchanges

Time for Change

Misc points:

* July Updates:

* Working on a misc issues: Magellan Anniversary - Spain and LatAm, Almeria Universities links and Kent-Thai orchids

* Also Solomon Islands cruise ships

* Benelux strategy: Panasonic and Phillips - DNA bathroom mirror

* One Essex Court and Inns fraud: Grabiner, Glick, Hollingworth, Leavor etc

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