Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha will discuss strategies to promote development based on the King's sufficiency philosophy tomorrow - with 18,594 villages targeted for various activities.
Prime Minister's Office deputy spokesperson Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said yesterday that the meeting involving Prayut would be held at The Crown Property Bureau in Bangkok and will involve 30 people from various organisations.
He said the meeting would be held in accordance with government's policy to implement sufficiency measures up until 2017.
The promotion of a sufficiency economy went hand in hand with the inculcation of moral ethics.
Key partners in the initiative include the Pid Thong Lang Phra Foundation, which specialises in rural development under the King's sufficiency philosophy, and relevant state agencies. Sansern said there was a need for sustainable rural development in order to lift the quality of life for rural Thais.
He said that by targeting 18,594 villages, 25 per cent of all rural villages in the Kingdom would be covered.
Villages surrounding Royal Project sites, such as those with small reservoirs, would be targeted for area-based collaborative research in order to promote a sufficiency lifestyle.
Sansern said other activities under the strategy included introducing a sufficiency economy in the education sector, in business administration, public relations and the security sector.
The total budget was Bt8.7 billion (S$306 million).
The Pid Thong Lang Phra Foundation was created by a Cabinet resolution in 2010 in order to promote development in line with the King's philosophy and this led to the introduction of a new plan for rural development in accordance with the philosophy.
In 2011 the Cabinet adopted the new plan, which is used as a guideline for works by the Interior Ministry.
Five provinces have been chosen for pilot projects in conjunction with the Armed Forces. The are Nan, Udon Thani, Phetchaburi, Uthai Thani and Kalasin.