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Year-end Dialogue Forum 2022 BCG Economy Model

by Thasuthida Thetthong

A Green Development Pathway?

The Thai government's Bio-Circular-Green Economy Model (BCG Model) has been proposed at the APEC summit in November 2022 as a solution to current environmental, social, and economic problems. However, members of the civil society have accused the model of “greenwashing” and criticized that its implementation could negatively impact several communities.

On December 20, 2022 KAS Thailand, the Bangkok Tribune News Agency, Thai PBS, SEA-Junction, and the Thai Society of Environmental Journalists organized the "Year-end Dialogue Forum 2022 BCG Economy Model: A Green Development Pathway?" at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) to discuss the BCG Model – with a particular focus on concept, planning, and implementation. The panelists were Prof. Dr. Thitinan Pongsudhirak (Director, ISIS Thailand, Chulalongkorn University), Dr. Suvit Maesincee (former Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Minister), Nitipon Piwmow (Spokesperson, the House’s Land, Natural Resources, and Environment Standing Committee), Sarinee Achavanuntakul (Managing Director, Sal Forest’s Knowledge Development Department) and Khairiyah Rahmanyah (Chana Raksa Thin Conservation Group’ s representative). They discussed the BCG Model – with a particular focus on concept, planning, and implementation. The panelists – from academia, the parliament, public and private sectors as well as the civil society – recommended that whether Thailand decides to use the BCG-Model or not, it needs to pick a green development pathway that not only meets global demands but also benefits all people. To create a sustainable and inclusive economy, society and environment in Thailand, the BCG strategy should be about public engagement, people empowerment, community empowerment and smart regulation that produces fair economic competition and rule of law.

 

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