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Thai Officials Considering Some Legal and Administrative Reforms

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In this video today, we're talking about what appears to be in the current government, a notion or sort of an underlying policy of generally making sort of legal and administrative reforms, sort of within the framework and the infrastructure of the government. It recently came to my attention via an article in the Nation newspaper and this article is dated July 13th. The headline is “Foreign legal expert hired to help with law reform.”

Leaving aside the fact that they apparently have brought in a foreign legal expert with respect to some of the higher boards in the government to sort of look at possibly reforming the legal system here, sort of in a general way. But apparently, this gentleman has some dealings in the past and helping to reform certain aspects of the South Korean government.

To quote directly from the article, “Law reform is part of the government's critical reform effort and it is being addressed along with other critical sectors in the new Charter.” Quoting further, “Bontun Sritaseruk, chair of the sub-handle working on structural reform said the panel has addressed several laws that need to be reformed so that the country's fundamentals could be improved.” Finally to quote just a little bit more further and this to me is the more interesting part here, “The reformed preparation committee has addressed seven bureaucratic reform agendas. They include the reform of concern laws, bureaucratic criteria for assessment, bureaucratic personnel reform, bureaucratic efficiency state budget and procurement, digital based bureaucracy and public service facilitation by the state. I recommend anybody who is interested in reading that article in full to check out the nation website.

But that being said, this is important because they're fundamentally looking at the overarching infrastructure of the bureaucracy here in Thailand and as we are something of a transition period just sort of nationally in the country, it stands to reason the out of this transition period we can see significant structural, legal and administrative procedural changes emanating as a result of this reform effort. So it's interesting, it's worth bringing out because I think things are going to change relatively and quickly isn’t quite the right word, but qualitatively here in Thailand with respect to how administrative agencies function and how they do business and how they operate. We might even see certain aspects of this being brought online one of these days soon.

It’'s important because those looking to do business here in Thailand should be aware that when we're in sort of a state of transition like this, the old methodologies of getting things done from like a licensing and legal perspective are subject to change and as a result, you can probably fairly logically assume that as a result of these changes there could be certain frustrations and obstacles which come up as a result of. Even those operating within the bureaucracy not really at least in the beginning understanding how all of this is going to shake out, how all this is going to function. So I think it's pretty safe to assume that the immediate aftermath of probable changes that will likely come about in the months and years following this announcement, I think it's fairly safe to assume that you know, the legal avenues for getting things done here in Thailand may be subject to fairly fundamental change.