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Alcohol in the Globalized World
- Thailand will never give trade benefits higher priority than public health, declared Thai Prime Minister Abhisit at this year’s National Alcohol Conference in Bangkok.
This was one of the issues raised during the 6th National Alcohol Conference, NAC, in Thailand, held the 22 – 23 November in Bangkok. This year’s conference was jointly hosted by Center for Alcohol Studies, CAS and Integrated Management of Alcohol Intervention Program, IMAP and the theme for conference was “Alcohol in the Globalized World”.
The number of participants in this year’s NAC was the largest ever and gathered people from all walks of life, including some representing the alcohol industry. The presentations in the lobby of the conference hall and from the stage showed the width of knowledge and experience, from Community-level Alcohol Problems Solving Models to Alcohol pricing and taxation: challenges in the globalised world, that Thailand has built up through the support from Thai Health Promotion Foundation and the dedicated tax.
On its second day the Thai Prime Minister, Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, joined the conference for a panel discussion together with Prof. Dr. Udomsil Srisaengnam and Prof. Tomas Babor. The discussions span many issues, not the least the upcoming FTA negotiations between Thailand and EU. This resulted in a strong support from the participants when Prime Minister Abhisit declared that Thailand will never give trade benefits higher priority than public health.
(All photos: Internationella Institutet/Johan Bengtsson)