East Asia Summit 2018: PM Narendra Modi meets Australian counterpart Scott Morrison in Singapore

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison held talks Wednesday and discussed ways to further deepen the bilateral ties, including in areas of trade, defence and security.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Singapore, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said. (Twitter Image/PMO India)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison held talks Wednesday and discussed ways to further deepen the bilateral ties, including in areas of trade, defence and security. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit here, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.“PM Narendra Modi met with PM of Australia Scott Morrison on the margins of East Asia Summit in Singapore. Both leaders had a good discussion on deepening ties in trade and investment, defence and security and other areas of bilateral cooperation,” Kumar said.“A fruitful meeting between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Scott Morrison in Singapore earlier today,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet.

Modi began his two-day visit to Singapore Wednesday by delivering his keynote address at the prestigious Fintech Festival.

He became the first head of government to address the world’s largest event on financial technology.

The prime minister also held bilateral meetings with global leaders, including US Vice President Pence and Singapore premier Lee Hsein Loong.

During his visit, Modi will attend the East Asia Summit, an ASEAN-India informal meet, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership summit.

Before leaving for Singapore, Modi said in New Delhi that his participation in the ASEAN-India and East Asia summits symbolised India’s “continued commitment” to strengthen its engagement with ASEAN members and with the wider Indo-Pacific region.

Modi also said he was confident that his visit to Singapore would impart fresh momentum to New Delhi’s growing partnership with ASEAN and East Asia Summit nations.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a regional intergovernmental organisation comprising ten Southeast Asian countries, which promotes intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational, and sociocultural integration among its members and other Asian states.

 

Source: East Asia Summit 2018: PM Narendra Modi meets Australian counterpart Scott Morrison in Singapore

History in the making: 10 ASEAN leaders who will attend India’s Republic Day celebrations this year

These leaders will also take part in the two-day ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in the national capital beginning Thursday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with other world leaders in a group photograph, at the 15th ASEAN-India Summit, in Manila, Philippines on November 14, 2017. (File)

In a first, leaders of 10 countries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states will be present as chief guests during the Republic Day celebrations this year. The leaders participating in the Republic Day parade are President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam, Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia, General Prayuth Chan-o-cha of Thailand, Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, the Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah,  Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith of Laos and Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of Cambodia.

These leaders will also take part in the two-day ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in the national capital beginning Thursday. The event will mark 25 years of India’s ties with the southeast Asian bloc.

Here’s a look at all the 10 heads of the state

General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister, Thailand

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha participates(file photo)

Prayut Chan-o-cha is a retired Royal Thai Army officer who is the head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), a military junta, and concurrently serves as the Prime Minister of Thailand. The council, which he appointed himself along with other junta members, has the power to name the prime minister and control prime ministerial position.

Prayut is a former Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army, the post he held from October 2010 to October 2014. After his appointment as army chief, Prayut was characterised as a strong royalist and an opponent of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

He last visited India in June 2016. PM Modi travelled to Thailand in November 2016.

Both countries had a trade relation worth $ 7.72 billion in 2016.

Hun Sen, Prime Minister, Cambodia

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen (Reuters photo)

Hun Sen has been the prime minister of Cambodia since 1985, making him the world’s longest-serving prime minister, the longest serving head of government of Cambodia, and one of the longest serving leaders in the world. He is known for Cambodia’s post Khmer Rouge economic turnaround, but criticised for human rights record.

Hun Sen will lead a delegation that will meet key Indian leaders to discuss bilateral ties and strengthen the relationship between the two countries during his bilateral state visit on January 27. His last visit to India came in 2012.

India share strong cultural ties with Combodia. In 2016, both the countries had a trade relation worth $ 153.13 million. India is helping in the renovation of the Angkor Wat temple.

Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister, Lao PDR

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, with Laos’ Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith (AP Photo)

Thongloun Sisoulith has been the prime minister of Lao PDR since 2016. Previously, Sisoulith was Deputy Prime Minister from 2001 to 2016, as well as minister of foreign affairs from 2006 to 2016. He is a politburo member of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party.

Sisoulith met PM Modi in 2016 when Lao PDR hosted the ASEAN and East Asia Summits.

India had a trade relation worth $ 233.10 million in 2016-17. India holds regular defence training programmes; has extended line of credit for power projects.

Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor, Myanmar

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi (Reuters photo)

Aung San Suu Kyi is the leader of the National League for Democracy and the first and incumbent State Counsellor, a position akin to a Prime Minister in Myanmar. She is also the first woman to serve as Minister for foreign affairs,  for the President’s Office, for Electric Power and Energy, and for Education in the country. From 2012 to 2016, she was an MP for Kawhmu Township to the House of Representatives.

Suu Kyi holds a special relationship with India. She last visited India in October 2016 before PM Modi’s visit to Myanmar in September 2017. India has been treading cautiously on global criticism for her silence on Rohingya crisis.

India’s trade relation with Myanmar in 2016-17 was worth $ 2.17 billion.

Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, Singapore

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (AP Photo)

Lee Hsien Loong is serving as the prime minister of Singapore since 2004. He took over the leadership of the People’s Action Party (PAP) when former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong stepped down from the position to become the new senior minister. Lee then led his party to victory in the 2006, 2011 and 2015 general elections. He began his current term on 15 January 2016 following the opening of Singapore’s 13th Parliament. Lee is the eldest son of Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

He is the current chair of ASEAN. He last visited India in 2017. It is very likely that PM Modi will travel twice to Singapore in 2018.

India share a strong relationship with Singapore as it is the second largest trading partner in ASEAN. The trade relation between the two countries was worth $ 16.7 billion in 2016-17.

 

Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister, Vietnam

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Nguyen Xuan Phuc (AP photo)

Nguyen Xuan Phuc is the seventh prime minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. He is the sixth ranked member of the 12th Politburo. As a tradition in Vietnamese politics, Phúc is also a full member of the National Assembly, serving at its 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th terms. He was elected to the post of the National Assembly, nominated on April 8, 2016 by his predecessor, Nguyen Tan Dung, retired from his office. Phuc became a member of the Communist Party in Vietnam on November 12, 1983.

This is Phuc’s first visit to India as prime minister. PM Modi last went to Vietnam in 2016.

Vietnam has stood up to Chinese assertion in the region and is a key ally of India. The trade relations between the two countries during April-November of fiscal year 2016-17 was $ 6.24 billion. India is one of Vietnam’s top 10 trading partners.

 

 

Haji Hassanal, Sultan of Brunei

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Hassanal Bolkiah with former Vice President Hamid Ansair (file photo)

Hassanal Bolkiah, GCB GCMG (full name: Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam) is the 29th and current Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei. The eldest son of Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III and Raja Isteri (Queen) Pengiran Anak Damit, he succeeded to the throne as the Sultan of Brunei, following the abdication of his father on October 5, 1967.

He is among the richest persons in the world and has been the King since 1967. He last visited India in May 2008.

India shared a bilateral trade worth $ 495.54 million in 2016.

Joko Widodo, President, Indonesia

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Indonesian President Joko Widodo (File Photo)

Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, is the seventh President of Indonesia and has been in office since 2014. Previously, he served as the Mayor of Surakarta from 2005 to 2012 and Governor of Jakarta from 2012 to 2014. He is the first Indonesian president without a high-ranking political or military background.

He last visited India in December 2016. It is likely that PM Modi will travel to Indonesia this year.

Indonesia is the largest trading partner of India in ASEAN. Both countries had a trade of worth $ 17 billion in 2016-17. India is the second largest buyer of coal and crude palm oil from Indonesia.

Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister, Malaysia

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia December 7, 2017. (REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin

Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak is the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia. He succeeded Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who did not seek re-election as Umno President. He is the President of the United Malays National Organisation, the leading party in Malaysia’s ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.Najib is the eldest son of Abdul Razak Hussein, Malaysia’s second Prime Minister, and the nephew of Hussein Onn, Malaysia’s third Prime Minister.

He last visited India in March-April 2017. PM Modi last paid a visit to Malaysia in November 2015 for bilateral, ASEAN and East Asia Summits.

Both countries had a bilateral trade worth $ 11.72 billion in 2016.

Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President, Philippines

History in making: 10 leaders who will be there at India's Republic Day celebrations

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (File)

Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte, also known as Digong, is a Filipino lawyer and politician who is the 16th President of the Philippines. He is the first Mindanaoan to hold the office. At 71 years, Duterte is the oldest person to assume the Philippine presidency; the record was previously held by Sergio Osmena at the age of 65.

Duterte became Davao City mayor in 1988 and was re-elected six times after forging a reputation for being tough on crime. He earned a decisive victory in his country’s 2016 presidential election, but soon drew criticism for his support of extrajudicial killings and threats to cut diplomatic ties with the US.

He is known for his controversial remarks and style. PM Modi met him in Manila in November 2017 at ASEAN and East Asia Summits. He is visiting India for first time.

Both the countries had a bilateral trade worth $ 1.98 billion in 2016-17.

 

 

Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/history-in-making-10-leaders-who-will-be-there-at-indias-republic-day-celebrations-5038387/

 

 

 

PM Narendra Modi holds talks with Thai counterpart Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha

New Delhi: Ahead of the India-ASEAN summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held bilateral talks with his counterpart from Thailand Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha on strengthening cooperation in strategic areas of trade, defence and security.

Modi also held a meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, the current chair of the ASEAN grouping.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted, “Our ‘Act East’ complementing Thailand’s Act West policy! Prime Minister Modi met with PM of Thailand… Constructive dialogue on economic and commercial exchange, connectivity, defence & security, cultural cooperation and people-to-people exchanges.”

On the eve of the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit to celebrate 25 years of India-ASEAN partnership, Modi had held separate bilateral meetings with Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines yesterday.

 

PM to hold talks with Indian counterpart while at ASEAN-India Summit

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha is today meeting with his Indian counterpart during his attendance at the ASEAN-India Summit.

The Prime Minister and his wife arrived at Palam Air Force Station in New Delhi last night and were welcomed by the country’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Gen. Vijay Kumar Singh in an official ceremony.

The PM is scheduled today to engage in multilateral talks with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi before attending a lunch at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the nation’s presidential palace.

Other highlights of his itinerary include participation in a retreat of ASEAN leaders to discuss the topic “maritime security cooperation” and a celebration of the release of commemorative stamps marking 25 years of ASEAN-India relations.

The summit’s plenary session is taking place this evening on the topic “shared values and goals of India and ASEAN”. That will be followed by a gala dinner hosted by the leader of the Indian nation.

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India-Asean ties: An incremental relationship that’s set to move ahead

As seen in history, India-Asean ties will be influenced by the wider world, and it will be test the strength of this relationship. The China factor must be seen in this context

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister Narendra Modi , Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong pose for a photo during the 15th Asean-India Summit, on the sideline of the 31st Asean Summit, Manila, November 14, 2017(AFP)

The India-Asean summit centres on the presence of 10 heads of state and government at the Republic Day Parade. This is an optically powerful statement of how much India’s relations with South East Asia have progressed since a Look East Policy was first articulated by Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao in 1992 in Singapore.

Five years ago, in December 2012, all the Asean heads were also in Delhi to observe the 20th anniversary of the partnership. Then, too, as now, debate and discussion on the half empty or the half full part of the India-Asean glass took place. Nevertheless, the larger point is certainly that this has been from the very beginning an incremental relationship and possibly will continue to be so.

Within the Asean framework, incremental growth is also seen as a virtue in itself: India became a sectoral partner of the Asean in 1992, a dialogue partner in 1996 and a summit level partner in 2002. In 2012, the New Delhi summit declared the relationship elevated to a ‘strategic partnership’. The vision statement that had emerged then had outlined its different dimensions: political and security related; economic and trade related; and, finally, those relating to connectivity and cultural lineages. In November 2014, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally enunciated the Act East Policy.

As one contemplates a quarter century of intense interaction, it is also useful to look further back on how the journey started.

It is well known that the end of the Cold War, the break-up of the Soviet Union and the opening up of the Indian economy were among the cluster of changes in which Look East was then embedded. Asean itself was also affected by the wider changes taking place at the time. The final settlement of the Kampuchea or Cambodian issue paved the way for Vietnam’s subsequent entry into Asean. It is useful to recall how divisive these issues were through the 1980s and how much this had influenced India’s relations at the time with the then constituent members of Asean. Much as the Cold War kept South East Asia divided and stopped Asean from moving ahead on key areas of cooperation. It similarly was a barrier in a smooth interface developing with India.

The central takeaway from reading that history is that the wider world will inevitably intrude on India-Asean ties in the future also and the key would be to make the relationship meaty and meaningful enough to withstand these vicissitudes. The China factor on which reams are written has to be seen in this context as the quality of the relationship China has with each Asean nation varies almost as much as does India’s.

Outside of the political and economic, there is a whole world of shared heritage and culture. The commemorative events for the summit include a good representation of this universe — dance, music, the heritage of the Ramayana, archaeology, among others. It is useful to acknowledge also how much scholarship in India and elsewhere has contributed to keeping alive these memories.

The study of the India-South East Asian interface from the early 20th century was very much of a transnational exercise and numerous scholars and institutions in India and elsewhere made it as such. French scholar Sylvain Levi contributed greatly to inspiring the study of ancient India and its links with South East Asia.

Kalidas Nag, Baij Nath Puri, Devaprasad Ghosh, Suniti Kumar Chatterji, RC Majumdar, KA Nilakanta Sastri are among many others who did so much to gather and further knowledge of how Indians and the people of South East Asia interacted across the millennia. These scholars and intellectuals gave to scholarship in India about South East Asia both an international profile and reputation as also a universalistic impulse. This led, for instance, to the publication of the classic study Sanskrit in Indonesia by Dutch scholar J Gonda in Nagpur in 1952.

It is useful to recall this intellectual heritage also because much of this scholarship was carried out when India was as still a colony and it required an intellectual leap of faith to establish an older relationship of art, culture and literature with South East Asia.

The renewed focus on India and Asean will hopefully also help to strengthen and consolidate this rich tradition of scholarship in India and elsewhere as the relationship progresses and matures in other fields.

TCA Raghavan is former Indian high commissioner to Singapore and Pakistan

The views expressed are personal

Source: https://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/india-asean-ties-an-incremental-relationship-that-s-set-to-move-ahead/story-cDDFznqnIHaPDYjYd0vCsO.html

India-Thailand : Gamut of Cooperation

India and Thailand, located in each other’s extended neighborhood, share a maritime boundary in the Andaman Sea. India’s bilateral relations with Thailand are rooted in history, age-old social and cultural interactions and extensive people to people contacts. The shared link of Buddhism is reflected in regular pilgrimages to places of Buddhist interest in India by a large number of Thai people. Hindu elements can be found among those reflected in Thai architecture, arts, sculpture, dance, drama and literature. The Thai language incorporates Pali and Sanskrit influences. A large Indian Diaspora living and working in Thailand is another important bond.

In the past two decades, with regular political exchanges, growing trade and investment, India’s ties with Thailand have now evolved into a comprehensive partnership. India’s ‘Act East’ policy has been complemented by Thailand’s ‘Act West’ policy in bringing the two countries closer. Both countries are important regional partners linking South and Southeast Asia. They cooperate closely in the ASEAN, East Asia Summit (EAS) and BIMSTEC groupings as also Mekong Ganga Cooperation (MGC), Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) and Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). The India-ASEAN Agreement on Trade in Goods was implemented in January 2010 and the India-ASEAN FTA in Services and Investments was signed in September 2014 and came into force in July 2015

 

High level visits and meetings have taken place on a regular basis from both sides. On November 10, 2016, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited Bangkok to pay his tributes to the departed King of Thailand, HRH BhumibolAdulyadej. In 2016, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Industry Minister and Culture Minister paid a state visit to India from 16-18 June, 2016. He called on Vice president and had a restricted meeting and delegation level talks with PM on 17 June in New Delhi. EAM called on General Prayut. Thai PM met Indian businessmen from the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Confederation of Indian Industry, and Associated Chambers of Commerce of India and gave a keynote address on 17 June at a joint business event. He also offered prayers at the Mahabodhi Temple and the Thai Buddhist Temple in Bodhgaya, on 18 June.

Vice President, Shri M. Hamid Ansari, accompanied by a high level delegation, paid an official visit to Thailand from 3-5 February 2016. The Vice President had an audience with Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and held extensive bilateral discussions with PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha. The Vice President delivered an address at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, interacted with academicians/ Indologists and addressed the Indian community in Thailand.

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has visited India about 17 times. She was awarded the first World Sanskrit Award by the Vice President of India on 21 November, 2016. She also called on President of India. She visited India again on March 30, 2017 to receive Padma Bhushan from the President of India.

CIM Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman visited Bangkok from 3-5 August to participate in IndiaASEAN Expo & Forum.

A delegation led by Gen. TanasakPratimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand in charge of culture and tourism visited Mumbai from 6-8 March 2016. DPM Thanasak and the delegation met with Chief Minister of Maharashtra on 8 March. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Thailand Gen. PrawitWongsuwan visited India from 1618 March 2016. Gen. Prawit met the Vice President, Defence Minister and the National Security Advisor.

During 2015, Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs (EAM) visited Thailand to co-chair the 7th Meeting of India-Thailand Joint Commission and to attend the 16th World Sanskrit Conference in Bangkok from 27-29 June 2015. EAM called on HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Gen PremTinsulanonda, President of the Privy Council of Thailand. EAM and the then DPM & Minister of Foreign Affairs Gen TanasakPatimapragorn held delegation level talks. Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (I/C) for Commerce and Industry visited Thailand to attend the 71st Commission
Session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) on 28-29 May 2015. The Minister called on M. R. PridiyathornDevakula, former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and General ChatchaiSarikulya, former Minister of Commerce of Thailand and addressed the business event organized by the Embassy. Shri AjitDoval, National Security Advisor visited Thailand on 1-2 April 2015. He called on PM Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, DPM & Defence Minister PrawitWongsuwan, DPM& FM Gen TanasakPatimapragorn and met Mr. AnusitKunakorn, Secretary General of the National Security Council of Thailand.

Former DPM and Minister of Foreign Affairs General TanasakPatimapragorn visited India on 10-11 March 2015. He attended Delhi Dialogue VII, called on Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar and held delegation level talks with EAM Smt. Sushma Swaraj. Commerce Minister ChatchaiSarikalya visited India from 24-26 Feb 2015.

During 2014, PM Narendra Modi discussed bilateral issues of mutual interest with PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha on the sidelines of ASEAN Summit in Nay Pyi Taw on 12 November 2014. Shri KirenRijiju, MoS for Home Affairs participated in the first Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific on 27 & 28 November 2014 in Bangkok. Mrs. Maneka Gandhi, Minister of Women and Child Development visited Bangkok to attend Asian and Pacific Conference on “Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Beijing + 20 Review” on 19-20 November 2014. Earlier, KirenRijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs participated in the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangkok from 23- 26 June 2014. General TanasakPatimaprakorn, Chief of Defence Forces, Royal Thai Armed Forces led a Thai delegation on an official visit to India from 28-30 June 2014. General Tanasak called on Arun Jaitley, Defence and FM and met General Bikram Singh, Chief of Army Staff in New Delhi.

PM Dr. Manmohan Singh accompanied by EAM Salman Khurshid and senior officials paid an official visit to Thailand at the invitation of PM Yingluck Shinawatra on 30-31 May 2013.He presented a sapling of Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya as a special gift to His Majesty King BhumibolAdulyadej as a symbol of the shared cultural heritage. PM held wide-ranging talks with PM Yingluck Shinawatra on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest. During the visit, six agreements/MoUs were signed and a joint statement was released. PM Yingluck Shinawatrapaid a State visit to India from 24-26 January 2012 as the Chief Guest for India’s Republic Day celebrations. Six agreements/ MoUs were signed during the visit – the 2nd Protocol to amend bilateral Framework Agreement for FTA, MoU on Defence, Programme of Cooperation in Science & Technology, Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons, Cultural Exchange.

Programme 2012-14 and an MoU for ICCR to establish a Chair at India Studies Centre in Chulalongkorn University. Thai PM met PM on sidelines of the 10th India-ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh in November 2012. PM Yingluck Shinawatra visited India again to
participate in the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi in December 2012. She visited Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya en route to New Delhi.

Bilateral Institutional Mechanisms :Joint Commission Meeting (JCM): IndiaThailand JCM is at Foreign Ministers level. EAM and DPM & FM Gen Tanasak co-chaired the 7th session of India-Thailand JCM on 29 June 2015. Wide-ranging discussions were held in the areas of economic and commercial cooperation, culture, S & T,ICT, education, agriculture ,legal and consular matters. The 6thJCM was held in New Delhi in December 2011.

Foreign office Consultations (FOC): The 4th India-Thailand Foreign Office Consultations were held in New Delhi, on 4 August 2016, co-chaired by Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand.. Earlier FOC were held in New Delhi on 8 September, 2014 and in Bangkok on 10 August, 2012.

Defence Exchanges:: The MoU on Defence Cooperation between India and Thailand was signed on 25 Jan 2012. The 5th Defence Dialogue was held at New Delhi from 15-16 Dec 16. Gen ChatudomTitthasiri, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Defence was the Co-chair from the Thai side along with Mr. Ravikant, Additional Secretary, IndianMoD. India participated in Ex-Cobra Gold in ‘Observer Plus’ category for the first time ever in 2015. Since then, India fields its Engineer, Observer and Medical Delegations in Ex Cobra Gold exercises in Thailand. Bilateral exercises are held annually between the armies and air forces of both countries. The other ongoing defence cooperation initiatives comprises of biannual joint maritime patrolling by the navies and training of officers at each other’s institutions. Thailand participated in International Fleet Review – 2016 by sending its Frigate, HTMS Saiburi to Vishakhapatnam from 04-09 Feb 16. The ASEAN IFR was held from 17-21 Nov 17. The Indian Navy send one Kamrota class ASW Corvette, INS Kadmatt and one Shivalik class frigate, INS Satpura to the event. The Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy was represented by Vice Admiral Karambir Singh AVSM, FOC-in-C, Eastern Naval Command.

Economic & Commercial Partnership Bilateral Trade: Bilateral Trade has multiplied eight times since 2000 to reach US$ 7.72 billion in 2016. Trade figures between the two countries are as under:

Major Indian companies in Thailand include Tata group – Tata Motors (Thailand), Tata Steel Thailand and Tata Consultancy Services, The Aditya Birla Group, Mahindra Satyam, Ranbaxy, Dabur, Lupin, NIIT, KirloskarBorthers Ltd, Punj Lloyd Group, Polyplex (Thailand) Public Co. Ltd, Precious Shipping PCL and Usha Siam Steel Industries PCL.

Major Thai companies active in India are – Charoen Pokphand (India) Private Limited, C P Aquaculture (India) Ltd., Ital Thai Development Pcl., The Thai Union Frozen Products PCL , Stanley Electric Engineering India Pvt. Ltd., Thai Summit Neel Auto Pvt. Ltd., Thai Airways International Pcl., Krung Thai Bank Pcl., Rockworth Public Company Limited and Precious Shipping (PSL) of Thailand, Dusit Group (Hotel & Hospitality Industry), Delta Electronics (Thailand) PCL, Pruksa Real Estate PCL (Real Estate business), SirithaiSuperware PCL (Melamine tableware manufacturing), ONYX Hospitality Group, Thai Airways ,Siam Cement Group (SCG) etc.

Connectivity: Air connectivity between India and Thailand is growing with around 270 flights per week reflecting a rapidly growing traffic of tourist and businesspersons between the two countries. About one million Indian tourists visited Thailand in 2016. The number of Thai tourists to India was close to 120,000 (mainly to Buddhist pilgrimage sites).. All major airlines of India operate between the two countries : Air India, Jet Airways, Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Air Asia, IndiGo and Spicejet. India and Thailand are cooperating closely on improving regional connectivity through initiatives such as IndiaMyanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway, Asian Highway Network (under UNESCAP), BTILS under BIMSTEC framework. The 2nd bilateral JWG on Infrastructure and Connectivity and 7th Task Force Meeting on the Trilateral Transport Linkage Project were held in Bangkok on 29 & 30 September 2014. Secretaries of Transport of India, Myanmar and Thailand met in Chennai (April 2015); Bengaluru (June 2015) and Bangkok (July 2015) to finalize the Trilateral Motor Vehicles Agreement

Culture:

Cultural exchanges take place under the framework of a Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) between the two governments. An Indian Cultural Centre was opened in Bangkok in September 2009. Cultural Agreement Programme for 2016-19 had been signed during the visit of Thai PM in June 2016. A number of India Studies Centers are operational in prestigious Thai Universities. Regular visits of Indian cultural troupes are organized, in addition to Indian film and food festivals etc. Embassy in collaboration with Ministry of Culture and several local partners organized Festival of India in Thailand in March 2014, the 2nd edition in February-May 2015.

Festival of India in Thailand: The year 2017 marked the 70th anniversary of IndiaThailand diplomatic relations. On this occasion, the Festival of India in Thailand is going on
since August, 2017 onwards. The decision to hold this Festival was taken during the visit of General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand to India in June 2016.Over 6000 people participated in the 3rd International Yoga Day celebrations at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok on 18 June, 2017 and in various parts of Thailand.

Sawasdee India Quiz Contest(SIQC) on Facebook : Embassy of India conducted the Contest (twice) – First SIQC from 9 Jan – 5 Mar, 2017 & Second SIQC from 15 May- 15 June, 2017. Questions, with images, on various aspects of India were posed with the contestants offering a lot of prizes including Air tickets to India. This Contest generated significant interest among youth in Thailand.

Chitrakarma India Drawing Contest(CIDC) : The Embassy of India held this Contest from 15 March, 2017 till 31 May, 2017 targeting school children in the age range of 10-15 years. The theme of drawing was India and India-Thailand Friendship. The enthusiasm shown by young participants from different provinces of the Kingdom of Thailand was very heartwarming, and drew a lot of artworks altogether. 100 shortlisted drawings/paintings(out of 170 paintings received) were displayed in the form of an Exhibition for one in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Winner was awarded three air tickets to India and others were also financially rewarded. This event gained popularity and 170 paintings were finally received from children studying in all regions, many from remote areas, of Thailand.

Education

An MoU on Cooperation in the field of Education was signed in 2005. During 201718, Government of India offered 82 scholarships to Thai students under its various schemes (ITEC – 40, TCS of Colombo Plan – 5, ICCR sponsored schemes – 24 and Hindi Scholarship – 13). A large number of Thai students are also studying on self-financing basis. Ministry of Human Resource Development provides for secondment of 8 professors every semester for the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok for the duration of 16 weeks.

Government of India contributed Rupees 1.25 crores (Thai Baht 10 million) in 2008 towards construction of a new building for the Sanskrit Studies Centre at Silpakorn University, Bangkok and has deputed a Sanskrit professor. An India Studies Centre is functioning at the Thammasat University of Bangkok since April 1993. In 2013 during the VVIP Visit, ICCR and PridiBanomyong International College of Thammasat University signed the MOU for establishment of Hindi Chair for BA Programme in Indian Studies which has been launched by the College. In 2008, Mahidol University of Bangkok started a Masters of Arts course on Indian studies. Subsequently, in 2010, the University established Centre for Bharat Studies. A Chair in Chulalongkorn University’s India Study Centre was inaugurated by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on March 6, 2012. Ministry of AYUSH and Rangsit University signed an MOU on establishing a Chair on Ayurveda at Rangsit University on 29 June 2015. Since 2012, the Government of India has provided funds for Thai students for short term Hindi Course at Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha, Maharashtra. “

Indian Diaspora in Thailand:

Indian Diaspora in Thailand: It is estimated that there are around 250,000 people of Indian origin in Thailand. Many of them have lived here for several generations over the past century and hold Thai nationality. The Indian community mainly comprises Sikhs and Hindus from Punjab, Sindhis, Gujaratis, people from eastern Uttar Pradesh & Bihar and Tamils. Three persons of Indian origin from Thailand have been bestowed with the prestigious ‘PravasiBhartiyaSamman in 2006, 2010 and 2017.

Embassies/Consulates: Besides the Embassy in Bangkok, India has a Consulate in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. Thailand has consulates in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai besides its Embassy in New Delhi.

Useful Resources:

http://mea.gov.in/Portal/ForeignRelation/27_Thailand_November_2017_new.pdf

Embassy of India, Bangkok Website: http://www.indianembassy.in.th; Facebook: Indian Embassy Bangkok; Twitter: @IndiainThailand

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Thai and Indian govt launch photo book linking traces of Buddhism’s prosperity through ASEAN cultural map using geo-informatics technology

The Thai and Indian governments have launched a photo book on the traces of Buddhism’s prosperity throughout the ASEAN cultural map, in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 5th cycle of her birthday anniversary, 2 April 2015.

Mr. Anon Sanitwong Na Ayudhaya, Director of Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISDA), said that the Ministry of Science and Technology of Thailand and the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of India have published photo books linking the traces of Buddhism’s prosperity through the ASEAN Cultural Map in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on the occasion of the 5th cycle of her birthday anniversary on 2 April 2015, under the mutual cooperation in space technology and geo-informatics.

The project is to highlight the traces of Buddhism from India to South East Asia to commemorate both Her Royal Highness Princess Mahachakri Sirindhon’s 5th cycle birthday anniversary and the commencement of the ASEAN Economic Community.

Other than Buddhist archaeological sites, the map will also contain tourism information such as accommodations, routes and directions, operation hours, and historical details.

Some of the sites that will be mapped include Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, Sanchi, Ajanta in India, Lumbini in Nepal, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka, Ayutthaya in Thailand, Ankor Thom in Cambodia, Borobudur in Indonesia, Nara in Japan and the Lung-men caves in China. There are more than 400 million Buddhists across the world, but a significant number of them are from South East Asia.

Interested individuals can ask for more information and the photo book for free by calling 02-1414548 during office hours.

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Commerce Min holds ASEAN-India Expo and Forum enhancing ASEAN-India relation

The Ministry of Commerce has collaborated with various partner organizations to organize the ASEAN-India Expo and Forum, strengthening relations between ASEAN member nations and India.

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the opening ceremony of “ASEAN-India Expo and Forum”, which was held under the theme “Strategic Economic Partnership & Connectivity”.The inter-regional event was attended by high-ranking executives from the public and private sectors in ASEAN nations and India.

Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn said in her welcoming speech that ASEAN and India are both essential parts of the world economy, adding that cooperation between the two would drive global economic growth. The forum featured a series of networking activities, including one-on-one meetings and activities geared towards young entrepreneurs. The ASEAN-India Expo and Forum is considered an important platform for the regional bloc and the South Asian giant to further their cooperation in the pursuit of mutual growth and prosperity.

The event was organized in celebration of the 25th anniversary of ASEAN-India diplomatic relations and also marks the 70th anniversary of Thai-Indian relations. Both the forum and the exposition are admission free to businesspeople and the general public. For more information, please visit www.asean-indiaexpo.com.

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Department of Internal Trade Launches Organic & Natural Expo 2017  to Showcase Thai Organic Entrepreneurs’ Potential to Shine in Global Market

The Ministry of Commerce, via the Department of Internal Trade, today officially opens the Organic & Natural Expo 2017 (ONE 2017). This event brings together nearly 250 Thai organic manufacturers and entrepreneurs to highlight Thailand’s potential to become ASEAN’s manufacturing and trading hub for organic products. Held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, the expo will run till July 30.

 

The Ministry of Commerce, via the Department of Internal Trade, organizes a grand opening ceremony for the Organic & Natural Expo 2017 or ONE 2017. At this event are 248 manufacturers and entrepreneurs that have been certified based on national or international standards on organic farming/natural products. This expo, therefore, serves as a key forum to showcase Thailand’s potential to become the organic manufacturing and trading hub of the ASEAN region. Embracing the “ASEAN : Home of Organic” theme, the Organic & Natural Expo 2017 brings Thailand-based organic fairs to a new level and presents Thailand as a base for international organic fairs. This expo is held from 27 to 30 July 2017 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.

 

Mrs. Nuntawan Sakuntanaga, Director General of the Department of Internal Trade, the Ministry of Commerce, says, “The Organic & Natural Expo 2017 is the biggest organic and natural fair in not just Thailand but also the ASEAN region. Featuring the greatest range of Thai organic products, it is really the biggest organic market. The Organic & Natural Expo is held just once a year especially for organic manufacturers and consumers, particularly the health-conscious people who know about organic benefits. The Organic & Natural Expo 2017 also contributes to the establishment of the ASEAN Organic Federation. The Ministry of Commerce has already invited organic entrepreneurs from other ASEAN nations to attend the federation’s meeting, which is co-organized by the Thai Organic Trade Association and the ministry’s Trade Policy and Strategy Office, during the expo. They are also invited to attend Business-Matching sessions with Thai entrepreneurs and exhibition of products at the Organic ASEAN Pavilion”.

 

The Organic & Natural Expo 2017 features 353 exhibition booths covering all organic products from rice, to fruits, to vegetables, to food and beverages, and to non-food items such as textiles, cosmetics, skincare products and organic services for restaurants, health shops, and spas. There are five exhibition zones: 1) International Certified Zone; 2) National Certified Zone; 3) Natural Zone; 4) Green Products/Services Zone; and 5) Organic Food Zone.

 

Mrs. Nantawan says, “This year, there are many interesting organic innovations at the expo. Among them are betel-nut-husk products, eco-friendly tapioca-made packaging, organic cosmetics, a great range of organic rice, and rice products. The expo, in addition, include various interesting activities such as the organic Symposium2017, organic-food cooking demonstrations by famous chefs or restaurants, special interviews with celebrities about their healthcare tips, and occupational workshops”.

 

The Organic Symposium 2017 will be held on July 28 between 8am and 4.30pm, with Commerce Minister Mrs. Apiradi Tantraporn scheduled to deliver the first lecture under the topic of “Thailand’s Strategy for Organic Products and its Direction”. The next speaker will be Mr.Markus Reetz, Executive Director of NurnbergMesse GmbH who will discuss “Opportunities for ASEAN’s Organic Products in the World Market”. The Panel Discussion on “Strengthening ASEAN’s Organic Products” will follow. Mr.Vitoon Panyakul, Board of Director of the Thai Organic Trade Association, and various experts from ASEAN organic organizations will join the stage as panelists. In the afternoon, more panel discussions will take place addressing topics of traders’, entrepreneurs’ and consumers’ interest such as “Reaching International Organic Standard”, “Opportunities for ASEAN’s Organic Products : Stories from Actual Experience”, and “Improving Health Through Food, Not Medicine”.

 

On the world’s organic market, Mrs.Nantawan says, “Today, people have paid more attention to their health as consumers’ awareness of dangers from leftover chemicals grow. Organic products therefore have caught on among an increasing number of people. Just as organic products have become a global trend, it is estimated that the world’s organic market will be worth up to USD80 billion or Bt2.95 trillion in the future growing by the average rate of 20 per cent a year”.

 

“Major markets for organic products are: 1) United States and Canada, which have the market value of about USD40 billion; 2) Europe that has the market value of around USD20-30 billion; 3) Other markets including Asia, China, and Australia, which together are valued at more than USD8 billion. In the ASEAN regions, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand are key markets. The Thai organic market is worth about Bt2.73 billion. Thai organic exports, valued at about Bt1billion, enjoy the annual growth rate of approximately 10 per cent,” she continues.

 

“The world has now had 318 million rai of organic farms. On average, organic-farm size in the world has risen by 2 per cent every year. In Thailand, organic farms cover about 300,000 rai of land. The number accounts for two per cent of Thailand’s total farm area. In ASEAN’s region, Thailand’s organic farm area is the fourth biggest. Organic farmland in Thailand, moreover, has an opportunity to grow by up to 99.8 per cent. Given that Thailand is the quality food hub, with Thai food up to good standard and enjoying global demand, Thailand has great advantages. When coupled with its strategic location and good transportation system, Thailand has really had a high chance of becoming the ASEAN’s organic-farming leader. The advantages that Thailand has will allow Thai organic products to differentiate themselves from others in terms of quality, to expand their customer base, and to acquire added value for exports,” she adds.

 

“To establish Thailand as the ASEAN’s leader of organic manufacturing, trading and consumption, the Department of Internal Trade has drawn up the Organic Market Development Strategy 2017 – 2021. The strategy has four core parts: 1) Raising awareness of everyone in the chain supply that organic food is good to both health and environment; 2) Raising the standards of organic farming and their certification to boost consumers’ confidence in organic products; 3) Developing and expanding the market for organic products/services by increasing marketing channels based on the principle that the bigger the market, the higher the production capacity. As organic farms expand, production cost will then get lower. When organic products then become cheaper, more people will consume them; and 4) Adding value to organic products/services by means of processing and innovations. For example, organic rice can be developed into dietary supplements or cosmetics. Through such process, their value can jump by hundreds of times,” Mrs. Nantawan concludes.

 

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Ministry of Commerce Opens Organic Symposium 2017 at Organic & Natural Expo 2017 and Highlights Strategy to Establish Thailand as ASEAN’s Organic Leader

28 July 2017 The Ministry of Commerce opens the Organic Symposium 2017 during the Organic & Natural Expo 2017 and highlights strategy to establish Thailand as the ASEANs organic leader.

 

Mrs. Pimpapan Chansilp, an advisor to the commerce minister, presides over the opening of the Organic Symposium 2017, which is a part of the Organic & Natural Expo 2017 or the ASEAN’s biggest such fair. At the academic seminar, she also delivers a special lecture on “Thailands Strategy for Organic Products and its Direction”. According to her, the Ministry of Commerce has now implemented the 2nd National Organic Agriculture Development Strategy. Scheduled for implementation between 2017 and 2021, this strategy has the vision to “install Thailand as the internationally-recognized and sustainable hub of organic manufacturing, consumption, trading and services in the ASEAN region”. Key targets of the strategy are to raise Thailand’s organic farm area to 600,000 rai and the number of organic farmers to at least 30,000 by 2021. Within the same timeframe, the strategy hopes to adjust the ratio of domestic consumption to export for organic products to 40:60. Importantly, this strategy aims at upgrading local organic farmers groups in support of its goal to expand Thailand’s organic agricultural sector by more than 100% within the next five years.

 

“The government has recognized the importance of organic farming as a manufacturing process that is friendly to environment as well as the overall ecological system. It, moreover, is safe to manufacturers and consumers alike. The government has thus embraced the principles of organic agriculture. Set by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM), the principles have focused on health, ecology, fairness for manufacturers, traders and consumers, and care. On top of this, the government has followed HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy,” Mrs. Pimapan says.

 

The current National Organic Agricultural Development Master Plan has prescribed four strategies:     (1) Strategy to promote R&D and distribute organic farming knowledge/ innovations (2) Strategy to develop organic products/services (3) Strategy to develop markets and certification systems for organic products/services and (4) Strategy to drive organic agriculture.

 

“All these four strategies are in line with Thailand 4.0 policy, which is transforming the country into an innovation-driven economy. The transformation is mainly about turning commodities into innovative products. Instead of driving Thai economy with industrial growth, Thailand 4.0 will rely on technology, creativity and innovations. Turning away from the manufacturing-led approach, Thailand will now focus more on the service sector. The Thai government has already identified five target industries for the country’s new development. All these industries can be developed via R&D, science, creativity, and innovations. Of them, two are the Food, Agriculture & Bio-Tech Industry and Health, Wellness & Bio-Med Industry. Both these industries are directly related to Thailand’s organic potential and organic farming. With further development, they will be able to compete in the global market in line with the “Thailand 4.0” policy”

 

The Ministry of Commerce, via the Department of Internal Trade, seeks to integrate efforts and drive the National Organic Agriculture Master Plan with aim to develop Thai organic products further and integrate them more to the global market. The ultimate goal is to establish “Thailand as the ASEAN’s organic leader in terms of manufacturing, trading and consumption”. It is thus important that the master plan boosts consumers’ awareness of organic products and their benefits. With the growing public awareness, farmers will automatically become more interested in organic agriculture. Because organic products boast a higher value, farmers’ income will grow. Such growth will in turn sustain local communities and expand the Thai economy in a prosperous and sustainable way. In support of such goals, the Ministry of Commerce via the Department of Internal Trade has drawn up the Organic Market Development Master Plan 2017 – 2021. It has four key strategies namely: (1)Strategy to raise awareness of everyone in the chain supply; (2)Strategy to raise the standards of organic farming and their certification; (3) Strategy to develop and expand the market for organic products/services; and 4) Strategy to add value to organic products/services.

 

Mrs. Pimpapan says, “These four strategies respond well to the growing popularity of organic products in the world, Thailand’s organic potential, and Thailand 4.0 policy. Moreover, these strategies reflect the Ministry of Commerce’s commitment and readiness to drive Thailand’s organic industry forward.

They match supply with demand from domestic market, regional market and also global market. These strategies have also recognized the importance of making Thai farmers and entrepreneurs aware of global demand. Knowing what the market wants, they should then able to deliver the right products. Moreover, these strategies encourage Thai farmers and entrepreneurs to leverage technology and innovations for the development of organic products and services”.

 

In 2017, the Ministry of Commerce via the Department of Internal Trade has introduced various projects to promote organic markets. Designed to achieve tangible results, these projects are:

  • Thai market: the Project to develop and add value to organic products; the Project for further development of select organic products; the Organic Thailand Innovation Award Project; the Organic & Natural Expo 2017; the Project to organize organic fairs in provinces; the Project to promote the good image of organic products; the Opportunities on Organic farms for CLMVT Project; the Organic Farm Database Project; and the Organic Village & Organic Farm Outlet Project.
  • Overseas market: the Project to bring Thai organic entrepreneurs to BIOFACH; the Project to stage the biggest international organic expo, etc.

 

Mrs. Pimpapan mentions a case study in Chaiyaphum, saying, “From our discussions with private firms and farmer groups that manufacture and distribute organic products in Chaiyaphum’s Nong Bua Daeng and Kaset Somboon districts, we have found that local communities are strong and boast high potential. They have integrated organic agriculture into their ways of life throughout the whole process from production to distribution with communities in charge of bringing products to end-consumers. Locals have leveraged solar energy and networks in facilitating the selling of organic products across farmer groups such as the Large Paddy Field Group, the Natural-Dye Woven Fabric Group, the Mulberry Group, the Cattle Group; the Gros Michel Banana Group, and Watermelon Group. All these organic-farmer groups are exemplary. The Ministry of Commerce therefore will develop them as Thailand’s First Organic Valley. We expect this initiative to inspire farmers in other regions to follow suit”.

 

At present, the Ministry of Commerce has already set up Four Organic Villages namely (1) Rim Si Muang Village, Phetchabun province; (2) Tap Thai Village, Surin province; (3) Sok Khum Poon Village, Yasothon province; and (4) Huai Phun Village, Nakhon Pathom province. Moreover, the Ministry of Commerce has planned to establish four more organic villages before the end of 2017. These four new organic villages will in Nakhon Panom, Chaiyaphum, Lop Buri and Chiang Mai provinces.

 

“Thailand’s organic agriculture has high potential because of its diversity. As the number of organic farmers and entrepreneurs has also increased, the Ministry of Commerce has planned to expand the country’s organic sector further. With aim to install Thailand as the ASEAN’s organic leader, we have now networked with organic farmers in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV). Farmers from neighboring nations are invited to come together for the exchange of experiences, mutual learning, practice in demonstration farms, marketing training and logistics support. Moreover, representatives from organic farmer associations from across the ASEAN will discuss on the establishment of the ASEAN Organic Federation during the Organic & Natural Expo. The move will pave way for concrete collaboration, integration, and exchange of opinions among all relevant parties in the ASEAN’s organic industry enabling it to growth further,” Mrs. Pimpapan concludes.

 

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