Korn Chatikavanij, deputy leader of the Thai Democrat Party, and at least one other Democrat are at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand tonight. Below is the blurb:
An Evening with The Democrat Party Feat. Korn Chatikavanij
Discussion and Q&A
7pm, Wednesday October 9, 2013
(Please see pricing and reservation procedure below)
More than two years have passed since Thailand’s oldest political party, the Democrat Party, were voted out of power in favor of rivals Pheu Thai. They are now stepping up their resistance to the ruling government’s agenda with economic counter proposals and a backlash against policies to exonerate past politically motivated wrongdoing.
In response to the Yingluck Shinawatra-led government’s two trillion baht ($64 billion USD) investment plans, the Democrats are pushing their own parallel plan: “Thai Khem Khaeng 2020,” a less costly investment scheme that prioritizes infrastructure, health and education. Though unlikely to pass by the party’s own admission, the Democrats hope to advance their alternatives and portray the government’s efforts as undisciplined and prone to graft. The party has also vocally opposed Pheu Thai amnesty bills as a partisan “whitewashing scheme.”
The FCCT is pleased to welcome Former Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij, the party’s deputy leader, and Democrat MP Atavit Suwannapakdee for a discussion of the Democrat Party’s strategy moving forward followed by a lively Q&A session. In response to members’ requests, we’ll also experiment with a new talk show-style format with more back-and-forth between our guests and moderator.
Korn Chatikavanij – Deputy Leader of Democrat Party, Former Finance Minister
Atavit Suwannapakdee, parliamentarian with the Democrat Party
Possible Third Panelist – TBD
BP: One imagine he will be critical of the government….