Former BOT Governor and Finance Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula writes a weekly column for The Nation. One imagined at the time of his appointment he would be writing about economic and financial matters, but as he noted in February:
AT THE BEGINNING of January, I wrote about Field Marshal Sarit Dhanarajata and Professor Sanya Dharmasakti, whom I miss so much considering the ongoing political situation in Thailand. Later on, in February, Kasem Chatikavanij, whom I admire and hold in high regard, wrote more, in The Nation, on the working conduct of Field Marshal Sarit, Professor Sanya, Puey Ungphakorn and Boonma Wongswan.
MR Pridiyathorn Devakula, a former governor of the Bank of Thailand and then deputy PM and finance minister, recently formed the “Rak Muang Thai” (Love Thailand) group in a bid to help the country through the global economic crisis./>“Our group was born from concerns about the national problem,” said Pridiyathorn, who is the leader of the group. “We tried to think about a solution. We want to build unity and harmony in the country.”/>Rak Muang Thai called a brain-storming forum of neutral economists and politicians from all parties. The group met last week and is set to meet every Monday./>Its members include: Teerana Bhongmakapat, Dean of Economics at Chulalongkorn University; Sombat Thamrong-thanyawong, an academic from the National Institute of Development Administration; Anek Laothamatas, former leader of the Mahachon Party; Pravit Rattanapien, former Science and Technology minister; Panpree Phahitanukorn, deputy Pheu Thai Party leader; Suvit Mesinsee, former Vice Commerce Minister; Kanok Wongtrangan, adviser to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva; Sompong Srakavee, former Songkhla senator; and Weerasak Kowsurat, former Minister of Tourism and Sports.