Pattaya has been picked as the venue for two meetings for Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) leaders and their dialogue partners during April 10-12.
Thailand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Kasit Piromya recently announced that the ministry had decided to choose the eastern resort in Chonburi Province as the venue for the 14th ASEAN Summit with dialogue partners, also known as ASEAN+3 (China, South Korea and Japan) and ASEAN+6 (China, South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and India) meetings.
The meetings will be held at Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH), a facility of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, which offers a world-class multipurpose meeting facility with a 4-storey building built along the slopes of the cliff in a stand-alone complex.
The Thai foreign minister disclosed that prior to the ASEAN+3 and ASEAN+6 meetings, there will be an ASEAN Finance Ministerial Meeting which will compile necessary economic information and evaluate the region’s measures to fight the global financial crisis before submitting them to the meetings of ASEAN leaders and dialogue partners.
The results from the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in London on April 2 which Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is scheduled to attend on behalf of ASEAN, will also be reported at the meetings in Pattaya, he said.
The Thai foreign minister added that ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan is coordinating with the heads of international organisations, such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to encourage them to take part in the meetings.