THE PURSUIT OF MODERATION, PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE AND INCLUSIVE DEVELOPMENT IN THE MULTICULTURAL SOUTHERN BORDER PROVINCES OF THAILAND
The Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation, Dato’ Dr Nasharudin Mat Isa, at the special invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at a seminar held in Pattani of the Southern Thailand on 26 January 2017.
Dato’ Dr Nasharudin Mat Isa in his speech will share his thoughts, analysis and proposal on the perennial struggles facing the Southern Thailand from the moderation and Islamic Wasatiyyah perspective, as well as the importance of inclusive development in achieving sustainable peace and prosperity in Southern Thailand.
Served as a platform for the relevant stakeholders to exchange views and produce recommendations to alleviate the plights facing the Muslim-majority of Southern Thailand, the seminar will see the gathering of 150 participants from government agencies and civil society groups, including women, youths and teachers as well as people in Southern Thailand.
The seminar on “Moderation in the Multicultural Southern Border Provinces of Thailand” is supported by the Centre for Muslim World Policies of Chulalongkorn University and the Wasatiyyah Institute for Peace and Development of Sheikhul Islam Office of Thailand.
The convening of the seminar is in response to the recent meeting between the Prime Ministers of Malaysia and Thailand at the 6th Annual Consultation in September 2016, in which both sides agreed to enhance the exchanges of experiences in areas of moderation and on the growing challenges of extremism facing ASEAN.
In response to the outcome of the 6th Annual Consultation, Global Movement of Moderates Foundation and the Wasatiyyah Institute for Peace and Development of Sheikhul Islam Office of Thailand will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster further cooperation in areas of moderation and peaceful co-existence.
The MOU signing will be witnessed by Ambassador of Malaysia to Thailand, Dato’ Nazirah Hussain, and the Deputy Director General of the Department of East Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Mrs Arunpung Phothong Humphreys.
The seminar will be followed by an “Interfaith Roundtable Discussion” featuring prominent speakers representing the Central Islamic Council of Thailand, the Wasatiyyah Institute for Peace and Development of Sheikhul Islam Office of Thailand and the Abbot of Rattananupab Temple in Narathiwat province.
The participants, representing civil society groups of women, youths and teachers in Southern Thailand, will also have an opportunity to conduct deliberation and reflection in the workshop on “Moderation in the Multicultural Southern Border Provinces of Thailand”.
It is with a fervent hope that the seminar’s outcome can serve as a launch pad towards inclusive development, sustainable peace and prosperity in the Muslim-majority of Southern Thailand.