Reform Plan

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) acknowledged the accession to the Throne of His Royal Highness Crown Prince as New King.




At 09.00 hrs., 29 November 2016, General Prayuth Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister and Leader of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) presided over the special session of the cabinet and then submit the resolution to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) that convened for the special meeting at 11.00 hrs.

At 11.20 hrs., the NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai presided over the special meeting  which was attended by 243 members of the NLA for acknowledgement of  the   significant agenda from the Cabinet. The meeting comprised  Mr. Surachai Liengboonlertchai, the First Vice – President of the NLA, Mr. Peerasak Porchit, the Second Vice – President of the NLA,  Mrs. Wararat  Atibaedya, Secretary – General of the Senate  and  Ad-hoc Committee Members together with  the NLA Members attend in unison.

NLA President said that the significant agenda is the accession to the Throne of HRH Crown Prince as New King. After the passing of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 13 October 2016. In the previous time, His Majesty the late King already appointed, HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn as the Heir to the Throne, according to the Palace Law. After  the announcement on extending the invitation for the royal succession, NLA President led  assembly to stand up in a show of respect and extend their best wishes to  New King : “Long Live the King.”

The Constitution of the Kingdom of  Thailand (Interim)  B.E. 2557 (2014)  in  Chapter 2 of the King, in accordance with Section 23 in Chapter 2 of  the  Constitution  B.E. 2550 (2007), states that… “In the case where the Throne becomes vacant and the King has already appointed His Heir to the Throne under the Palace Law on Succession, B.E. 2467 (1924), the Council of Ministers shall notify the President  of the National Assembly (in the case, the NLA President). The President shall convoke the National Assembly for the acknowledgement  thereof, and shall invite such Heir to ascend the Throne and proclaim such Heir the King.  Afterwards, the President shall declare to keep the people informed.”

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The National Reform Steering Committee On Sports, Arts, Cultures, Religions, Morality and Ethics



Chairperson of the Committee : Gen. Yuthasak  Sasiprapha


Consists of 5 Sub – Committees

Concept of “Sports Reform for the Sustainable Development and Promotion of Security” is

  • Integration of existing Institutes of Physical Education into the National Sports Universities
  • Managing in National Cultural Heritage Landscapes is more worth and valuable Culture Heritage.
  • The Sport Industry Promotion

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Reform Plan on Energy


Chairperson :  Mr. Kurujit  Nakornthap

National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA) Committee on Energy composes of two Sub – Committee as follows :

  • National Reform Steering Sub – Committee on Administration and Energy Regulatory
  • National Reform Steering Sub – Committee on Electric Industry, Alternative Energy and Energy Conservation

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The National Reform Steering Committee on Economy Sub – Committee on Monetary and Finance,


Chairperson: Mr. Somchai Ruchupan          


“The Draft Act on Community Financial Institution can help raise the status of microfinance institutions of the country to become Community Financial Institutions, which may
form microfinance institution network, to reduce economic disparity and help people gain to the financial funds.”



Nowadays, most of the microfinance institutions cannot provide their full financial services and lack operational stability, because of the emphasis on personal dependence. Once the leading personnel are changed, the process could not be continued.


This results in insecurity, limitation on administration, risk and accounting management. Some institutions have no juristic personality. Even the government sector lacks clear orientation in policy making and close oversight of the issue, which causes non-uniformity among the relevant agencies.


Therefore, the development of microfinance system lacks progress. Most of the low-income people cannot fully access to the quality financial service. They inevitably have to rely on informal finances and eventually become exploited. Some of the microfinance institutions are vulnerable to failure, which may adversely affect the entire economy.


In order to reduce disparity and to uplift the quality of low-income people’s life, it is necessary to set the policy framework, distinctive operational guidance, and to strengthen the community microfinance institutions, in order to be an important mechanism rendering economic system. Accordingly, the Draft Act on Microfinances is needed to enable the financial access for low-income people. The economic problem has always been a biggest issue that causes disparity in Thai society, which subsequently leads to other domestic crises.


Despite there are numbers of commercial and state banks that cover for more than 74.2 percent of the scope of works, more than 25.8 percent of the people still have no access to the banking system of Thailand. Some people still have to rely on informal finances. Some local communities established their own saving institutions, such as saving cooperative (to which 2.4 percent of people can access), village funds or saving groups (to which only 5.2 percent of people can access). And up to 18.1 percent of the people have no access to any financial systems.


The executives of the above groups lack knowledge in financial management and systematical administration, as most of them are communities’ leader. These factors create the inability to a better improvement. Some institutions are facing financial problems, some emphasize on loan more than saving, which create weakness in local economy and cannot keep on their wealth and stability.


Moreover, cooperatives and microfinance institutions have no legal support. Most of the village funds has no juristic personality and lacks network connectivity, resulting in circumstances in which they are unable to render full services and to develop at their fullest potential. This draft bill is thereby needed to serve as a supporter for community financial institutions.


This draft bill will raise the status from loaning fund to be a saving fund, which will categorize and improve around 3,500 – 7,000 community financial institutions, to be the community financial institution within the next 5 – 10  years. This will emphasize on community financial institution development and connection of each other as “microfinance institution networking”, which is the main pillar of improvement helping further the economic integration of the nation.


In addition, the commission on microeconomic development is established to improve the administrative skills of executives in the networking within financial institutions. This is aimed to steer the strategies and to formulate master plan on integrated work of all sectors, which may create the mechanisms for the system development of microfinance institutions in the long run.

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The National Reform Steering Committee on State Administration


Chairperson :  Pol. Cap.Prof.Yongyuth Sarasombath



Constitution is the supreme law of the land and master plan for governing the country.

The National Strategy is like a navigator that leads the country toward stability, prosperity, sustainability to become a developed country.




As for national administration, “National Strategy” is a framework that provides direction and roadmap to lead Thailand toward achieving the national goal. It also serves as a master model for state administration and leading country toward security and prosperity of the nation and the people in the next 20 years.


“Draft Law on National Strategy” provides mechanisms and processes for creating national strategy that would serve as a master plan for various national development plans and policies: bureaucratic administration, allocation of budgets and resources, military security, politics, state administration, local administration, education, economy, public health, social affairs and science etc. The National strategy will last 20 years and be subject to review every 5 years or in case that any situation in which the main purpose of the Plan is adversely affected occurs


Making of mechanisms and processes for the National Strategy is aimed at creating efficiency and acceptance from the people and reflecting the true needs of the country. It shall focus on the inclusiveness of all sectors. All of these are to create acceptance among people so that an implementation of the national strategy plan is viable to achieve common goals.


Section 61 of the Constitution Drafting refers to the National strategy that State shall provide a national strategy as the goals of national development and being the framework of making the plans by setting up a roadmap and timeframe for achieving the goals as set out in laws (on national strategy). This means the future governments will have to follow the National Strategy in its administration. In addition, the national strategy making process shall take into account an inclusiveness from all stakeholders and a principle of “civil state”, and shall exclude the populist policy.

History of making a national strategy


On 23 June 2015, the National Reform Council adopted the report on “Guidance on National Strategic Legislation”.


On 26 June 2015, General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Leader of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and Prime Minister, paid special attention to this issue and announced it in TV Program “Return Happiness to Thailand”. That it is the policy of the NCPO and government to set up a 20-year National Strategy Plan.


On 30 June 2015, the Cabinet appointed the National Strategy Commission, which is chaired by Secretary to the Prime Minister, with a mandate to prepare the content of the National Strategy. Following the expiry of National Reform Council, the National Reform Steering Committee on State Administration has carried on the tasks and submitted the report to the National Reform Steering Assembly (NRSA). The report was approved on 16 February 2016 and was later submitted by NRSA Chairperson to the government on 6 March 2016.


Why Thailand Needs a National Strategy Plan


Until now Thailand has had a wide variety of development and strategy plans that are scattered throughout ministries and government agencies. Most agencies have their own strategies, lacking integration with other agencies. Moreover, the allocation and spending of the budgets for national development have always been separated for each ministry/agency. This in turn results in non-uniformity in the direction of government administration. The mission on shaping the country’s future was mostly conducted by politicians and government sectors, when inclusiveness of the private sectors and the public barely exists. On the contrary, the developed countries and more than 60 countries developing countries around the world have their own strategies set forth as their national agenda.


The Significance of National Strategy for National Development as set out in the Constitution Drafting


  • National Strategy is formulated in a constitution drafting section 65 could be summarized that State shall provide the National Strategy as a goal of nation development and being a framework of making plans by setting period of time for achieving the goal following the law (on national strategy).
  • Providing that the proposal of appropriation bill shall comply with the National Strategy (section 142)
  • Policy Statement by the Cabinet prior to taking the office shall comply with the National Strategy (section 162)
  • The state administration of the Cabinet shall follow the policy statement made to the Parliament. (section 162 and 164)
  • Providing that the Cabinet shall issue law on national strategy within 90 days and shall complete the national strategy plan within one year from the date of the promulgation of the Constitution. (section 275)


However “the principle of making national strategy”, beginning with setting a long-term goal and reviewed every 5 years or in case when the situation affect to the main objectives.


What people will benefit from the National Strategy


With the advent of the National Strategy, Thailand will for the first time have its strategy at a national level. It will serve as a master plan for national development in every aspect. Such development will become continuous. All the development plans will become integrated and prioritized to respond to the need of the people and the nation, including the urgent need in each significant field of development. Distribution of national budgets and resources will become more efficient and effective. Ultimately, these would allow every sector in Thailand – government sector, private sector, academic sector and the public – to take part in the future of the country and work together for the sake of the National Development.

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The National Reform Steering Committee on Local Administration



Consists of 3 Sub – Committee

  • Sub – Committee on General Local Administration
  • Sub – Committee on Personnel Administration
  • Sub – Committee on Special Local Administration


  1. How does the National Reform Steering Committee on Local Administration taken action?

The National Reform Steering Committee on Local Administration shall have the powers and duties to study, consider the suggestions and, prepare the guideline of reform for Local Administration We appointed three sub – committees to study and make the recommendations concerning with reform on Local Administration as follows

1.1 Sub – Committee on General Local Administration shall have the powers and duties to study and make recommendation on the authority structure reform, monetary and financial affairs, and related laws.

1.2 Sub – Committee on Personnel Administration shall have the powers and duties to control and carry out the participation of people and make the recommendation on Personnel Administration reform.

1.3 Sub – Committee on Special Local Administration shall have the powers and duties to study and make the proposals of Special Administration and prepare the Reform Plan on Local Administration.

Guidelines for Local Administration Reform shall have focused on main issues of the local area to the Committee.


  1. The progress of the National Reform Steering Committee on Local Administration

2.1 Sub – Committee on General Local Administration shall have the powers and duties to consider the Organizational Structure of Local Administration and the merger of local administration organization, individual qualifications, including monetary and financial affairs.

2.2 Sub – Committee on Personnel Administration shall have the powers and duties to control and monitor the participation of people with a review to the three main issues as follows :

– Personnel Administration shall have the powers to improve the existing laws, by drafting a whole law

– To control and carry out Local Administration Organization and amended 2 copies of laws

– The participation of people.



  1. Sub – Committee on Special Local Administrative Organization focuses on three main reform issues as follows :

– Bangkok Metropolitan Administration reforms and improves the two urgent law concerning Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, because such laws using for a long time.

– The City of Pattaya Reform, especially of the problems in Pattaya affecting local areas,

– An approach to establish the New Special Local Administrative Organization by reform the special format in the same standard so that the guidelines of Local Administration Organization in the special area shall be applicable with in July 2016


  1. Do you think the public will benefit from National Reform Steering on Local Administrative Committee?

      The Committee determined to solve the problems and eradicate the obstacles, and try to develop the Local Administration and Local Public Services Management more efficiently and effectively.


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