Little students in Rayong

Among the activities held to commemorate the 150th-anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belgium and Thailand and the 30th anniversary of the Thai-Belgian Bridge was a road safety campaign workshop for Thai students. 

As part of the safety campaign, Solvay sponsored a “Helmets for Kids” workshop in partnership with a Belgian organization that supports parents who have lost children in traffic accidents. The organization assists parents in recovering their livelihood lost from missing work time to cope with their tragedy.

With road safety a key issue in Belgium and Thailand, the event marking the 150th anniversary of Belgium’s relationship with Thailand represented an ideal time to raise awareness. Speaking during the event, former Belgian ambassador to Thailand Patrick Nothomb noted how well Solvay’s societal action fit within the spirit of the celebration by encouraging children to wear helmets whether riding or sitting on bikes.

The event also commemorated the opening of Thai-Belgian Bridge, which was built 30 years ago to ease the traffic congestion plaguing Bangkok since the Thai economy began booming in the late 1980s. 

The Belgium connection relates to the fact that this very same bridge was used in Brussels for nearly 25 years before it was donated to Thailand. The 2,000-ton iron bridge was dismantled then shipped to Bangkok in 1988 and rebuilt across the Rama IV and Sathorn-Wireless Road intersection. 

Since then, the bridge has since stood as a symbol of the relations between the two countries, explained Philippe Kridelka, Belgian Ambassador to Thailand.