1 Jul, 2014
The Hague, 16 July 2014 – After talks between the two political parties in Thailand ended with The National Council for Peace Order (NCPO) taking control of the country on 22 May, life is returning to normal. Although martial law is still in effect until further notice, the curfew imposed by the NCPO was recently lifted.
FIP staff were in Bangkok from 17 – 21 June on a scheduled visit to make final congress preparations. This visit also allowed us to find out, first-hand, about daily life and safety. Staff reported: “Bangkok is very peaceful, and people are in excellent spirits, foreigners and Thai. People are pleased with the current situation.”
During the on-site visit, FIP staff met with Colonel Weerachon Sukondhapatipak of the Royal Thai Army, who promised the full support of the authorities to ensure that our guests feel safe in Thailand.
Expectation is that by the time the World Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Congress is held (31 Aug – 4 Sept), normal life will have long resumed, and congress preparations are going ahead as usual. A video of interviews with people attending a large conference in Bangkok from 4-7 June is availablehere.
The safety of our congress participants is our priority and, together with our host committee and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, we continue to monitor the situation closely.