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Education Minister Chinnaworn Boonyakiat and MOE executives visited Brunei

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During 26-29 January 2011, Mr. Chinnaworn Boonyakiat, Minister of Education led MOE corps consisting of Asst.Prof.Dr. Suebsaeng Promboon, Vice Minister of Education, Mr. Chaleyo Yoosimarak, Permanent Secretary of Education, representatives of Ministry of Education, representatives of Ministry of Foreing Affiars, TV and newspaper media to travel to State of Brunei Darussalam to attend the 46th SEAMEC and the 6th ASED held at The Empire Hotel and Country Club. The Meetings are the result of the collaboration among Thai Education Minister, Education Ministers of 9 ASEAN countries, 6 allied state members, and 3 organizational members. They aim to determine cooperative direction on education and importantly to formulate 10-years strategic plan of SEAMEO, which will play active role to develop SEAMEO to appropriately and quickly adapt to global changes and enhance educational development in the region. On this occasion, Thai and Indonesian Education Ministers signed the MOU on Educational Cooperation between Thailand and Indonesia.
            As for the overall bilateral cooperation between Thailand and Brunei, Education Minister saw that Thailand has gained so much benefit on workforce development since both Thailand and Brunei had signed MOU on Education in every level since October 2009. In the near future, Thai labour will be needed by all countries. On this occasion, Mr. Anachak Sutayon, Minister Counselor of Labour, reported labour situation & administration and summarize the progress of educational cooperation, which links to workforce development to all the participants.
Education Minister expressed his appreciation to Ministry of Labour and the Royal Thai Embassy for their efforts to lead Thai students to take skill training with entrepreneurs in Brunei. This way, six Thai entrepreneurs have signed MOU with Thai educational institutes, which are associated with Ministry of Education. Ministry of Education will hold the Join Working Group to accelerate the cooperation and promote concrete outcomes. Once they come back to Thailand, they will also coordinate with Ministry of Labour and all relevance Thai government agencies. Moreover, MOE executives will go and visit Thai workers working in Brunei in their next official trip to Brunei.
            The Royal Thai Embassy hosted lunch in honor of Education Minister and led the corps to visit village Kampong Ayer, the water village where 80,000 Bruneians live. It also has school, hospital, and police station etc. The corps also visited the Museum to see Sultan of Brunei’s personal belongings. Office of Labour Affairs in Brunei then led some corps members to visit some workplaces that employ migrant workers and met with Thai workers who work as cook in restaurants and massage businesses.
            After Education Minister and the corps completed their task in Brunei, they took another official visit to Malaysia.