The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is holding an annual meeting of Thai ambassadors and consuls-general from across the globe on August 3-8, to discuss the government’s foreign policy and Thailand’s position in the world arena.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Thani Thongphakdi said the meeting is held for the first time since the current administration assumed office last year. The meeting will also be graced by Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha, in her capacity as Ambassador of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ). Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at the opening ceremony on August 6, outlining key policies to the Thai envoys.

The meeting is aimed at defining Thailand’s roles on the global stage and addressing international and regional challenges affecting the country’s economy and politics. High on the agenda is a discussion on the roles of Thai ambassadors and consuls-general in their capacity as heads of ‘Team Thailand’ and Change leaders to bring about integrated collaboration among Thai offices abroad.

During the 6-day meeting, all the envoys will have an opportunity to exchange opinions with the Thai private sector. Those posted in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam will also hold talks with governors from the 20 northeastern provinces. To coincide with the annual gathering, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior will jointly organize a fair of OTOP products destined to be promoted by Thai diplomatic missions all over the world.