AIPA aims to strengthen drug-free environment

AIPA aims to strengthen drug-free environment

By The Nation

 

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Thailand, as this year’s chair of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, is hosting a four-day anti-drugs consultation session.
 

The meeting of the AIPA Advisory Council on Dangerous Drugs is being held for a second time in Chiang Mai province.

 

Opened by Thailand’s president of the National Legislative Assembly, acting as AIPA chair this year, Pornpetch Wichitcholchai said the forum was aimed at seeking a resolution on strengthening the Asean community towards drug free environment.

 

Updates were provided to the participants and proposals on alternative developments towards a drug-free Asean community were proposed, with the focus on the practices of communities with the support of concerned agencies.

 

Thailand demonstrated a successful case for alternative development in Doi Inthanon of Chiang Mai, where ethnic minorities, who once widely grew narcotic crops, turned to organic farming and became a success story.

 

“Local communities play a key role in narcotic drug prevention and suppression and they should be encouraged to find the strength to  developed [prevention] further as a fundamental for drug-free practice,”  said Pornpetch.

 

The meeting would also discuss about the AIPACODD’s future and the set-up of a “special desk” to follow up work progress.

 

The meeting ends tomorrow.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30365788

 

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