October 31, 2014
Surin Pitsuwan, third from the left in the back row, is pictured with students, teachers and parents at a site of non-formal education.
Surin Pitsuwan, distinguished fellow of JICA Research Institute since November 2013, visited Pakistan October 1-4.
Being a Thai Muslim, Surin is highly interested in peace and stability in the Muslim societies of the Asian region. Also, from the viewpoint of human security, he places emphasis on inclusive development that gives consideration to the socially vulnerable, such as women and children.
Given this background, he visited Pakistan, where JICA has long been giving assistance in the fields of education and vocational training. During his four-day stay, he actively visited JICA’s project sites and met key figures from the Government of Pakistan to exchange opinions on the country’s development strategy.
For details of his Pakistan visit please see below:
Surin has held prominent positions such as minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, secretary-general of ASEAN, and member of the UN Commission on Human Security. In addition to being a JICA-RI distinguished fellow, he now serves as international academic advisor at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and professor emeritus of Thammasat University in Thailand.
Surin plans to visit Japan in November to deliver a report based on this visit to Pakistan.