Thailand Ready to Enhance ASEAN Connectivity and Centrality

Thailand has emphasized the importance of connectivity development in Asia, which will benefit peoples in the region. It also joined the ASEAN Economic Ministers in exerting more effort toward enhancing ASEAN centrality in the light of the evolving regional economic architecture in the East Asia/Asia-Pacific region.

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A Hotline to Receive Complaints and Questions on the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement

Starting on January 8, the Ministry of Commerce has opened a hotline to receive complaints and questions on the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA), which was fully implemented by six ASEAN members, namely Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, on 1 January 2010.

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Thailand’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN Sees Good Prospects for ASEAN Cooperation

Thailand’s Permanent Representative to ASEAN, Mr. Manasvi Srisodapol, sees good prospects for ASEAN cooperation in 2010, when six members of ASEAN can import and export almost all goods across their borders with no tariff. Mr. Manasvi presented his letter of credentials to the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, at a ceremony held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on 4 January 2010.

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Thailand’s Accomplishments within ASEAN during the Past Year and a Half

Thailand handed over the ASEAN chairmanship to Vietnam on 31 December 2009 after it had completed its term as the chair of ASEAN over the past year and a half. Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya has summarized Thailand’s accomplishments within ASEAN under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

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Government to Closely Monitor Impacts of Thailand’s Free Trade with ASEAN

The Government will closely monitor impacts of Thailand’s free trade with ASEAN and work out measures to help affected businesses, while enhancing the competitiveness of Thai entrepreneurs.

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Thai-Chinese Trade in Agricultural Goods Contributing to Economic Relations between ASEAN and China

Thailand is actively promoting agricultural trade opportunities with China after the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the promotion and control of agricultural goods with China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine in November 2009.

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Thailand to Host the Second BIMSTEC Meeting on the Network of National Centers of Coordination in Traditional Medicine

Thailand will host the Second Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) on the Network of National Centers of Coordination in Traditional Medicine in 2010. Its offer to host the meeting was welcomed at the 12th BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting, held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on December 10 and 11.

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Friendship Bridge Linking Thailand and Malaysia

The second bridge across the Golok River linking Ban Buketa in Thailand’s southern border province of Narathiwat to Bukit Bunga in Malaysia’s Kelantan State has been renamed as the “Friendship Bridge.” It facilitates the transport of goods and travelers and forms one of the links between the two countries.

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Border Trade between Thailand and Neighboring Countries in 2009

Thailand has common borders with Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia, with its provincial customs offices supervising cross-border trade. All the customs offices also have temporary and permanent border checkpoints to facilitate border trade, which is considered important for enhancing the country’s competitiveness. Border trade is also a channel for acquiring low-cost raw materials at low transportation costs.

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The Malaysian Prime Minister to Pay an Official Visit to Thailand

The Honorable Dato’Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, accompanied by his spouse, Datin Sri Rosman Mansor, will pay an official visit to Thailand as guest of the Thai government on 7-9 December 2009. This will be the first visit to Thailand by Mr. Najib after assuming office as the Malaysian Prime Minister in April 2009.



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