Celebrating 70 years of King Bhumibol of Thailand's Accession to the Throne
9 June 2016
Dr. Pornchai Danvivathana, Ambassador of Thailand in South Africa hosted a reception at his official residence for the Seventieth Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne.
In his remarks Ambassador Danvivathana highlighted His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's achievements during his reign. These achievements, he said, were due to the King’s vast knowledge, understanding and expertise in the fields of agriculture, science and engineering. The King initiated the Royal Projects which have proved so successful that the United Nations hopes to emulate them in other countries with similar problems to Thailand.
Photo: Dr. Pornchai Danvivathana, Ambassador of Thailand in South Africa is pictured with the staff of the Embassy
Remarks by H.E. Dr. Pornchai Danvivathana, Ambassador of Thailand, at the Reception on the Occasion of The Seventieth Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne
9 June 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa
Excellencies, Ambassadors and High Commissioners,
Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is indeed a great pleasure and honour for me to welcome you on this auspicious occasion to commemorate the Seventieth Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Accession to the Throne. On this very day in 1946, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej ascended the throne, becoming the ninth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty which marks a proud, glorious and historical moment for Thailand and the Thai people. At present, His Majesty the King is the longest reigning monarch in the world. With His Majesty the King’s vast knowledge, understanding and expertise in the fields of agriculture, science and engineering, His Majesty had laid down a solid foundation for the Royal Thai Government under past and present Administrations, thus enabling Thailand to move forward for the betterment of millions of Thai people during the past 70 years. Today represents a moment when Thais and people from all corners of the world rejoice at His Majesty’s hard work and achievements. Today also one should not be surprised at witnessing Thai people wearing yellow throughout the country.
As Head of State, His Majesty the King has been reaching out to all walks of the Thai people residing in far away and remote areas throughout all the provinces of Thailand, embarking on Royal Visits to learn first-hand the issues and conditions faced by the local residents as well as to give advice to them and government officials how to improve well-being of all Thais. As a result, His Majesty the King saw the importance of initiating the Royal Projects, covering the whole spectrum of rural problems in Thailand, from the introduction of new cash crops to water and soil conservation, from swamp drainage to the preservation of national forests, just to name a few. Some of these projects, notably those involving crop substitution, have proved so successful that the United Nations hopes to emulate them in other countries with similar problems. Until now, there are more than 4,000 projects that have been undertaken nationwide.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Through His Majesty the King’s devotion and hard work, His Majesty has also been promoting self-reliant and sustainable farming since 1950’s and His Majesty is the founder of the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy. This philosophy is a method of development based on moderation, prudence and social immunity, one that uses knowledge and virtue as guidelines in living. Sufficiency economy is a philosophy based on the fundamental principle of Thai culture. Sufficiency economy does not mean that one must constantly be frugal. A person can indulge himself in luxury once in a while, provided that it is within his capacity to do so. But the majority of the country’s population often overspends beyond their means. Sufficiency economy can lead to the goal of establishing economic stability.
In December 2013, the Economic and Financial Committee of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare the Fifth day of December of every year as the World Soil Day and to declare the Year 2015 as the International Year of Soils. The 5th of December is a very significant date for Thailand and the Thai people because it marks the Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the National Day of Thailand. As a result, Thailand and the Thai people are pleased and honoured with the recognition given by the United Nations for His Majesty the King’s work.
I wish to invite you all to join me in a toast for the good health, happiness and longevity of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Long live His Majesty the King!