Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Outlines Priorities on Environmental Protection & Renewable Energy with AMCHAM

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Outlines Priorities on Environmental Protection & Renewable Energy with AMCHAM

On March 24, 2022, the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM Thailand) hosted a virtual membership meeting between H.E. Varawut Silpa-archa, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, and AMCHAM members, as part of the 2022 AMCHAM Annual General Meeting. 

AMCHAM President, Jeff Nygaard of Seagate, welcomed the Minister and expressed appreciation for the opportunity to learn about the government’s strategies to achieve its goals on environmental protection and greenhouse gas reduction, as well as ideas on public-private collaborations to achieve the shared goal of sustainable economic growth. 

During the meeting, the Minister recognized the strong economic relationship between Thailand and the US over the years. He further spoke about the impact of Covid-19 on the environment and natural resources, shared priorities on how the Royal Thai Government plans to build back greener and better in the post Covid-19 era, and the role of the private sector in integrating environmental protection priorities in their business plans for sustainable recovery.  

The Minister provided in-depth information on major principles such as “the sufficiency economy” and the five dimensions of the “Bio-Circular-Green” economic model or “BCG”, in particular, the key role of the 4R concept in reducing plastic waste pollution and the country’s vision to move towards sustainable plastic management through the concept of circular economy. In addition, the Minister presented information on legislation frameworks that are being put in place to tackle climate change; stakeholders’ participation at all levels through public-private partnership; innovation and technology development; and climate finance. Before concluding his remarks, the Minister emphasized that it is critical for the businesses to turn their strengths and ambitions in doing good business for concrete actions on environment and welcomed opinions and collaborations from the private sector to address climate change. 

In his closing remarks, Jeff delivered AMCHAM’s sincerest appreciation for the Minister’s consideration and time to meet with AMCHAM’s members as environmental conservation is a top priority for many AMCHAM members. The discussion was beneficial to the private sector as it provides understanding of the government’s direction and opportunities for the private sector to offer assistance and collaborations to achieve the shared goal of building a greener, healthier, and sustainable planet.  

About AMCHAM  

The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization. With over 2,600 members representing over 600 American, Thai, and other international companies, AMCHAM is the leading international business association in Thailand. Member companies have cumulatively invested over U.S. $50 billion in Thailand and provide more than 200,000 local jobs. 

If you would like to learn more about AMCHAM, please visit: www.amthamthailand.com or contact Varsha Wadhwani, AMCHAM Communications Officer, at e-mail varsha@amchamthailand.com. 

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