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Bangkok Post – “Pheu Thai Academy” to coach MPs

Pheu Thai leader Paetongtarn Shinawatra, third from right, poses for photos with Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin to her right at party headquarters on Friday.  (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

Pheu Thai leader Paetongtarn Shinawatra, third from right, poses for photos with Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin to her right at party headquarters on Friday. (Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

The ‘Pheu Thai Party Academy’ was established to provide support and training to party workers and politicians to help them prepare for the next election, said Pheu Thai Secretary General Sorawong Thienthong.

He said the academy, the brainchild of Pheu Thai leader Paetongtarn Shinawatra, is an effort to improve its performance in the House of Representatives, bridge a gap between experienced politicians and the younger generation of parliamentarians and improve communication with the public .

He said the academy has a diverse pool of specialists from different fields including education, equality, the environment, communication and personality training. They will help party MPs develop expertise in communicating with the public.

Mr Sorawong said the academy will also serve as a knowledge exchange venue for MPs who share similar interests, with the party supporting them to become better informed on those specific issues.

Asked about the academy’s role in promoting solidarity, Pheu Thai secretary general said the process begins when members join the party and inculcate the party’s beliefs and policies. “The role of the academy is to analyze their strengths and provide support where necessary,” he said.

When parliament returns from its break, the party will assess the performance of its MPs to see if their work has improved as a result of the training. ”The Pheu Thai Party Academy is expected to officially launch in July,” he added.

The academy was launched on Friday at an event attended by Ms Paetongtarn, who touted it as a platform to develop the potential of Pheu Thai members, build a knowledge base and promote collaboration with other organisations.

Ms Paetongtarn said the academy has been around for some time and provides party MPs with the knowledge and skills needed to do their jobs effectively.

“While government policies are being implemented, Pheu Thai is also developing for the country’s future. We know that working for the country is a thankless and endless job.

“We have to dedicate ourselves to this work and work endlessly, but we are willing to do it. This is because our party is an agent of change and strives for progress and prosperity,” she said at the event, which was held to highlight the party’s strengths. performance and vision.

The Pheu Thai Party leads the current coalition government after withdrawing its plan to form a government with the election-winning Move Forward Party. Pheu Thai, the first runner-up in the May 14, 2023 elections, suffered his first defeat in the general elections last year.