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Government Shows Its Intention to Ease Global Issues

September 20, 2013 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said that the Government had shown to the international community Thailand’s intention to ease various global issues, such as those concerning migrant labor, intellectual property, human rights, and human trafficking.

In the weekly program “Yingluck Government Meets the People” on 14 September 2013, the Prime Minister referred to her trip to Switzerland and her speech at the 24th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

She said that the Government took this opportunity to campaign for Thailand’s candidature for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for the term 2017-2018. On this occasion, Thailand had explained its cooperation with international organizations in providing assistance to neighboring countries. She said that during her recent visit to Africa, Thailand had offered technical and public health assistance to African countries.

Regarding trade and investment cooperation with the Swiss Confederation, the Prime Minister said that Thai and Swiss private-sector companies had discussed efforts to accelerate negotiations on the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). Both Thailand and the Swiss Confederation agreed to set up a working group to help ease trade obstacles between the two countries.

Prime Minister Yingluck also thanked the Swiss Confederation for arranging a curriculum on the Thai language for Thai children there. There are currently 30,000 Thai people living in Switzerland. She said that the Thai business sector was interested in discussing investment in alternative energy with the Swiss Confederation, which was urged to import more products, especially agricultural commodities, from Thailand. The Thai government also encouraged Switzerland to invest in the service sector in Thailand, which welcomes almost 200,000 Swiss tourists each year. Thailand’s medical tourism is also popular among Swiss visitors.

During her visit to the Vatican, Prime Minister Yingluck was provided with an opportunity to meet Pope Francis. She extended an invitation for Pope Francis to visit Thailand. Since the Pope was planning to visit Asia, she asked him to add Thailand in his program, as well.

In related news, during the Prime Minister’s visit to Italy, Thailand and Italy signed an agreement on military cooperation, and they also signed two memorandums of understanding, one on SME cooperation and the other on investment cooperation. Italian designers were asked to consider making use of the quality and uniqueness of Thai raw materials, such as silk, in order to add value to Italian products in Asia.

In Montenegro, the Prime Minister witnessed the signing of an agreement on visa exemptions for official and diplomatic passport holders between Thailand and Montenegro. She was the first Thai Prime Minister to visit Montenegro, which was urged to use Thailand as its gateway to Asia. Thailand sees the potential of Montenegro as its gateway to the Balkans and East Europe.

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