COVID-19 Is Keeping Thai Government From Achieving Economic Goals

Covid-19 is a major threat to Thailand’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, warns the government’s planning unit.
Danucha Pichayanan, secretary-general of the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC), said the Covid-19 outbreaks which have happened since early 2020 pose more risks for Thailand to reach the SDGs by 2030, especially on poverty, hunger eradication, public health, and well-being, education, gender equality, decent work, and economic growth, and peace, justice, and strong institutions.
SDGs are a collection of 17 interconnected global goals designed to be a blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for all.
The UN General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 and expects to achieve them by 2030.
Zero poverty; zero hunger; strong health, justice, and strong institutions; clean water; affordable and clean energy; quality education; gender equality; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; climate action; life below the water; life on land; peace, justice, and strong institutions.
Thailand achieved between 74% and 100% of the SDGs between 2016 and 2020, according to NESDC, thanks to economic stability, increased development of infrastructure, higher investment in research and development, and efforts to reduce inequality.
Nonetheless, the state think tank noted Thailand had achieved 50-73% of the goals on hunger eradication, good health and wellbeing, clean water and sanitation, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, life below water, and peace, justice and strong institutions.
NESDC recommends partnerships among public and private sectors, civic organizations, and NGOs to accelerate development, focusing on small categories such as poverty eradication.
A number of other topics should also be considered, such as social protection, violence against women and children, water treatment, the arms trade, information access, and basic freedom.
The government should also develop a data center to develop a better monitoring system for efficiency development and raise quality standards.
Vice-chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Vichai Assarasakorn, said Thailand’s top priority at present is to address poverty, citing poverty as a cause of current problems such as hunger, disparity, education, public health, and political unrest.

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