The Hindu community is the most educated among 30 religious groups in the United States, based on college degrees, reveals data based on a study by Pew Research Centre.
The Hindu community is the most educated among 30 religious groups in the United States, based on college degrees, reveals data based on a study by Pew Research Centre.
The convergence of Thailand’s ‘Look West’ & India’s ‘Act East’ policy lights the path to a bright future of our partnership: PM
- From the Legend of Rama to the Wisdom of Buddha our (India and Thailand) ties are founded on a shared cultural heritage: PM Modi
- QuoteThailand is a trusted and valued friend, and one of our closest partners in Southeast Asia: Prime Minister
- QuoteRapid spread of terrorism and radical ideology poses a common challenge to both our societies (India and Thailand): PM
- QuoteBeyond terrorism, we have agreed to deepen engagement in cyber security and several other key areas: PM
- QuoteWe welcome the first meeting of the India-Thailand Joint Business Forum: PM Modi
- QuoteWe have prioritized completion of India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral highway: PM
- QuoteConnectivity is priority for India’s development. Improving access to Southeast Asia from our Northeast benefits both our peoples: PM
You Excellency Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha Ladies and Gentlemen
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to India.
Your visit is a high point in our top-level political exchanges.
You come from a land that is very familiar to us.
From the Legend of Rama to the Wisdom of Buddha our ties are founded on a shared cultural heritage. Our historical people-to-people ties provide a strong basis to our partnership.
Thailand is a trusted and valued friend, and one of our closest partners in Southeast Asia.
Today, Prime Minister and I reviewed the full range of our bilateral engagement:
From culture to commerce;
From closer contacts between our peoples to deeper connectivity; and From counter-terrorism to defence and security.
We are both aware that rapid spread of terrorism and radical ideology poses a common challenge to both our societies.
And, we also recognize that our close security partnership would help us to secure our peoples from these threats.
In our shared objective to combat these challenges, India is particularly grateful to Thailand for its assistance and cooperation.
Beyond terrorism, we have agreed to further deepen our security engagement in the fields of cyber security, narcotics, transnational economic offenses and human trafficking.
The convergence of Thailand’s ‘Look West’ & India’s ‘Act East’ policy lights the path to a bright future of our partnership: PM
The land frontiers of our two countries are not far apart.
And, we are also maritime neighbours.
So, Prime Minister and I have agreed to forge a closer partnership in the fields of defence and maritime cooperation.
A partnership to meet our bilateral interests ; and to respond to our shared regional goals.
And a partnership, which will be shaped by:
Sharing of expertise and experiences;
Greater staff exchanges and more exercises;
Cooperation on counter-piracy on seas;
Deeper engagement in naval patrolling; and Building linkages in the field of defence R&D and production.
Trade and commerce flows are an important lifeline of the interdependent world today.
Excellency and I agree that a more diversified commercial engagement between us would not only benefit both our economies. It would also enable greater regional economic prosperity.
In this context, we welcome the first meeting of the India-Thailand Joint Business Forum to be held later today. We encourage them, and the other business-sector stakeholders, to take lead in tapping the emerging business opportunities in both our countries.
Alongside trade, there are also ample avenues for greater manufacturing and investment linkages.
We see a particular synergy between Thai strengths in infrastructure, particularly tourism infrastructure, and India’s priorities in this field.
Information Technology, pharmaceuticals, auto-components, and machinery are some other areas of promising collaboration.
We also see early conclusion of a balanced Comprehensive Economic and Partnership Agreement as our shared priority.
Prime Minister and I are fully aware that smooth flow of goods, services, capital and human resources between our economies needs a strong network of air, land and sea links.
We have, therefore, prioritized completion of India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral highway; and early signing of the Motor Vehicles Agreement between our three countries.
Connectivity is also an area of priority for India’s development.
Improving access to Southeast Asia from our Northeastern States benefits both our peoples.
Stronger connectivity is essential not just for expanding bilateral trade ties. It also brings our people closer and facilitates enhanced science, education, culture and tourism cooperation.
Next year, to commemorate the seventy years of establishment of our diplomatic relations, we will celebrate Festival of India in Thailand, and Festival of Thailand in India.
This year, India is also celebrating one hundred and twenty-fifth birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of Indian Constitution.
I am delighted that the Indian Constitution will soon be translated into Thai language.
I am also happy to announce that to welcome more tourists from Thailand to India, and to help them enjoy their visits to Buddhist sites in India, we will soon facilitate double entry e-tourist visas for citizens of Thailand.
India has always deeply appreciated the warmth and affection of the Royal Family of Thailand for India.
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has been a frequent and very welcome visitor to India.
We look forward to welcoming her in India again later this year.
We also look forward to the honour of receiving His Royal Highness Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn in India at his earliest convenience.
In conclusion, let me say that the convergence of Thailand’s ‘Look West’, and India’s ‘Act East’ policy lights the path to a bright future of our partnership.
Excellency, let me once again welcome you and your delegation to India.
June 17, 2016
- H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, accompanied by his spouse Associate Professor Naraporn Chan-o-cha paid a State Visit to the Republic of India from 16-18 June 2016 at the invitation of H.E. Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India. The Prime Minister of Thailand was accompanied by the Thai Deputy Prime Minister, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and Cooperatives, Culture, Industry, Information & Communication Technology, Deputy Minister of Commerce, an official delegation and a business delegation.
- During the visit, the Prime Minister of Thailand called on H.E. Shri Hamid Ansari, Vice-President of India. He held talks with Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, who hosted a banquet in his honour. Smt Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister called on the Prime Minister of Thailand. The Prime Minister of Thailand also attended the Business meeting and delivered a keynote address. The first India-Thailand Business Forum came up with recommendations to expand and deepen business and investment opportunities between the two countries. The Prime Minister also visited Bodh Gaya.
- The delegation level talks between Thailand and India were held on 17 June 2016 in a warm, cordial and friendly atmosphere, reflecting their excellent bilateral relations and friendship. The ties between the two countries are intertwined and deep rooted in history, with interactions in multidimensional fronts, and extensive people-to-people contacts. In addition to the wide range of cooperation, Thailand and India have compatible strategies of Look West and Act East respectively, now evolved into a comprehensive partnership. The two Prime Ministers held wide-ranging discussions on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues, with a common goal to work closely towards the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and beyond.
- Both countries recognized the importance of bilateral trade and noted that the bilateral economic relations are deep rooted in the existing framework including bilateral Free Trade Agreement, ASEAN India Trade in Goods Agreement and Early Harvest Scheme. Both countries agreed that the same may be enhanced further by striving to increase bilateral trade and engaging in bilateral and multilateral forums. Thailand took note of Indian initiative in further deepening bilateral economic ties towards comprehensive economic cooperation.
- The two leaders agreed to encourage more investments from both investors in India and Thailand. Both sides will also be renegotiating a new Bilateral Investment Treaty. The Prime Minister of India welcomed Thai investments in India in the potential areas under the ‘Make in India’ initiative, in the manufacturing sector as well as in infrastructure development, tourism and hospitality facilities, particularly the promotion of Buddhist circuit. Both leaders welcomed investments by Thai companies in infrastructure development to develop the Buddhist Circuit and to construct five high-end hotels.
- The Prime Minister of Thailand invited Indian investments to Thailand under the cluster development policy, which is a newly- initiated program aimed at enhancing investment in focused areas. The policy will help expand the investment network between the two countries in various mutually beneficial sectors, which the two sides agreed to explore opportunities for collaboration including -information technology, pharmaceutical, automotive parts, chemical products, machinery and parts, bio-technology, and R&D of both countries. The Food and Drug Administration of Thailand and the Central Drug Control Organizer of India agreed to cooperate in the area of pharmaceuticals. The Prime Minister of India welcomed the suggestion of the Prime Minister of Thailand to help train Thai youth in information technology in India.
- The two Prime Ministers appreciated the recommendations provided by the first meeting of the India-Thailand Joint Business Forum and urged the private sector of both countries to make the most of the prevailing favourable climate to expand bilateral trade and investment and strengthen business partnerships. They expressed the hope that the Thailand-India Business Forum will continue to facilitate the private sectors of the two countries.
- Both sides agreed to cooperate in the areas of mutual interest including Skill Development between India and Thailand with particular focus on imparting skills training for the people from North East India in Thailand.
- The two Prime Ministers were satisfied with the increase of tourist flows and the promotion of two-way tourism and people-to-people contacts. Thailand welcomes more Indian event tourism to Thailand. Thailand is also pleased to welcome the film and television production from India.
- Both sides welcomed the intention to forge Sister State/ City relations between Assam and Chiang Mai as well as Surat and Surat Thani
- Both leaders noted with satisfaction the progress in regional connectivity efforts such as the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway and agreed to expedite the completion of the project as well as to expedite negotiations on the India-Myanmar-Thailand Motor Vehicles Agreement. The two leaders also welcomed Thailand’s readiness to commence the negotiation with India on the Air Service Agreement. They agreed that the completion of the Highway and the Agreement will facilitate not only trade but also people-to-people linkages.
- Both Prime Ministers welcomed the proposed India – Myanmar – Thailand Friendship Car Rally which will be organized in November 2016. Thailand would extend assistance as seen appropriate to make it a success.
SECURITY AND DEFENCE
- The two Prime Ministers acknowledged the close interactions and increasing exchanges between the armed Forces of India and Thailand. Visits from India to Thailand included that of the Chief of Naval Staff in July 2015 and Chairman COSC and the Chief of Air Staff to Thailand in August 2015. The Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Thailand visited India in March 2016. The high- level defence dialogue was held in December 2015. There have been regular coordinated patrols (CORPAT) between the two Navies and annual exercises between the two armies and also the first ever table-top air exercise between the two air forces. India has been participating in multilateral Cobra Gold exercise held in Thailand as an ‘Observer Plus’ country.
- Both sides expressed a keen interest in enhancing cooperation in maritime domain including anti-piracy cooperation, security of sea lanes of communication including coast guard cooperation to maintain peace and ensure safety and security of navigation in the Indian Ocean.
- In this connection, both sides agreed to work towards the completion of the negotiation for the signing of the White Shipping Agreement between the two countries.
- Thailand expressed an interest in the Indian defence industry and its experience and expertise in the field of defence R&D and production. Both sides agreed to explore key areas of future engagement based on mutually identified areas of cooperation.
- The new security cooperation mechanism under the Joint Working Group on Security Cooperation held on 18 January 2016 in New Delhi as well as Joint Task Force on Maritime Security held on 25 – 26 October 2015 in New Delhi are also acknowledged for their positive contributions. Both sides agreed to take expeditious action on the recommendations of these mechanisms and to further strengthen their bilateral security cooperation.
- The two leaders unequivocally condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and agreed to work together in building a new global resolve and strategy for combating terrorism. Both sides acknowledged the increasing threat from nontraditional security arenas and agreed to enhance substantive cooperation for action in this regard. The 10th meeting of the Joint Working Group on Security Cooperation held in New Delhi on 18 January 2016 further strengthened cooperation between the two countries in the fields of counter terrorism, cyber security, trafficking in human and narcotics and in transnational economic offenses. The two countries pledge to cooperate in tackling terrorism.
- The two leaders welcomed the progress made in the agreements on Cooperation in controlling Narcotics, Drugs Psychotropic Substances, their precursors and Chemicals and Drug Abuse. Both sides agreed that close cooperation and more agreements between India and ASEAN and Mekong Sub-region are very significant for the fight against illicit drugs and precursor chemicals trafficking in this region. The Prime Ministers noted the ongoing negotiation of the MoU for cooperation between Thailand Computer Emergency Expert Team (Thai CERT) and Electronics Transaction Development Agency (ETDA) and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) of India.
- Both sides welcomed the initiative for joint combined counter-terrorism exercise between the Counter Terrorist Operations Center (CTOC) and the National Securities Guard (NSG); and the training of Thai officers by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in cybercrime investigation and computer forensics.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
- In the field of science & technology, the leaders reaffirmed their continued interest in enhancing bilateral cooperation which will further bolster research, technology and innovation partnership between research institutions & universities of both countries. The science and technology cooperation should include start-up and innovation, software and information technology, biotechnology, life science, nuclear technology, and other mutual areas of interest. To this end, the leaders agreed to convene the next meeting of the Joint Committee on Cooperation in Science & Technology in 2016 in New Delhi with the objective of finalising and concluding the Programme of Cooperation (PoC) for the period of 3 years beginning in 2017.
- In space cooperation, the two Leaders appreciated the progress made with respect to cooperation in the field of mapping and geospatial technology applications after the signing of MoUs between Geo-Infomatics and Space Technology development Agency (GISTDA) and Survey of India (SOI) and the MoU between GISTDA and National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO) in May 2013. The India-ASEAN Archaeological Atlas from Satellite Data” Connectivity of Regional Culture: Finite Routes & Infinite Values” depicting the spread of Buddhism from ASEAN countries has been completed and will be ready for publication. They agreed that joint projects on space application under existing institutional arrangements and agreements may be further facilitated.
- India offered Thailand indigenously developed GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation or GAGAN services, which provides advanced navigation and location assistance and information facilities in the Aviation, Maritime and other domains. In this regard, India also expressed readiness to provide requisite technical expertise.
CULTURE, EDUCATION, AND PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE EXCHANGES
- Both sides noted that the visit will give a boost to the preparations for the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations next year. The two Prime Ministers announced that the ‘Festival of India’ in Thailand and the “Festival of Thailand” in India, which are named “Sawasdee India Year” and “Namaste Thailand Year” respectively, will be held simultaneously in 2017 to commemorate this occasion, while several key events are to be held on 1 August to commemorate this auspicious occasion. Both sides also noted that ASEAN and India would also commemorate the 25th anniversary of their dialogue relations in 2017.
- The two Prime Ministers welcomed the setting up of a Chair in Ayurveda in Rangsit University as per the MoU signed between the Ministry of AYUSH and Rangsit University in June 2015.
- The two Leaders agreed to encourage closer people-to-people contact, through inter alia, promoting education, science and cultural cooperation as well as by promoting tourism.
- As a result of the Royal Visit to India of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 2014, both sides welcomed the signing of an MoU between Nagaland University of India and Chiang Mai University of Thailand to establish collaboration on various projects in the sciences as well as in culture and history.
- The two leaders agreed to deepen cultural and historical ties between the two countries by promoting diverse cultural exchanges between the peoples of the two countries and welcomed the signing of the Executive Programme of Cultural Exchange (Extension of CEP) for 2016-2019.
- In order to further promote and strengthen people-to-people contact, both sides reaffirmed their continued interest to facilitate the visit of pilgrims on the Buddhist circuit in India.
- Both sides expressed satisfaction at the greater flow of tourists and visitors between the two countries. To facilitate visits of Thai tourists to Buddhist sites in both India and Nepal, the Prime Minister of India announced that a Double Entry Visa facility would soon be put in place for tourists arriving in India with an e-Visa so that they can visit Buddhist sites in both countries.
- Recognizing that education is another important area of cooperation, the two leaders agreed to work together towards mutual recognition of degrees, research collaborations and training of teachers.
- The Prime Minister of India announced that to mark the 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of Constitution of India, Government of India will translate and publish the Constitution of India into Thai language during this year.
- The Prime Minister of Thailand stated that the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej can be applied to support the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the current Chair of G77, Thailand is ready to share Thailand’s development experience under the guidance of the SEP to the developing countries. The Thai side will translate the concept of SEP into Hindi language.
- The two sides agreed to cooperate in the areas of archaeology, conservation and museums to revive and reconnect the civilizational and cultural connections between the two countries through cooperation between the governmental agencies of India, namely, Archaeological Survey of India, National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property of India, National Museums of India, and the Fine Arts Department of Thailand.
- The two leaders expressed their desire to further enhance the ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership. Both Prime Ministers noted that the establishment of the ASEAN Community last year has been a historic event and hoped that it will be an important step towards greater integration and prosperity in all dimensions. With a view to underscore the significance of sub-regional frameworks, the Prime Ministers viewed that developing the Mekong-India Economic Corridor would complement ASEAN well.
- The two leaders reaffirmed the importance that both countries attached to the RCEP and BIMSTEC as links between South and South-East Asia. The two sides expressed hope to expedite the finalization of the RCEP negotiation by the end of 2016, while encouraging the convening of regular core meetings of BIMSTEC to maximize the utilization of the body.
- The two leaders reiterated their strong support for the ongoing reform of the United Nations and its principal organs with a view to making the United Nations more democratic, transparent and efficient so that it can deal more effectively with the myriad challenges of the contemporary world. They emphasized the importance of an early reform of the United Nations Security Council so that it reflects the contemporary realities and functions in a more accountable, representative and effective manner. The Thai side acknowledged India’s credentials for permanent membership of the UN Security Council. India also acknowledged Thailand’s long and good track record in international fora, particularly Thailand’s role in peacekeeping and security.
- Thailand welcomed the launch of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and both sides agreed to explore the possibility to cooperate in the area of solar energy.
- The following agreements were signed during the visit:
I. Executive Programme of Cultural Exchange (Extension of CEP) for 2016-2019.
II. Memorandum of Understanding between Nagaland University, India and Chiang Mai University, Thailand
- Both sides also agreed to pursue negotiations on the following MoUs/ Agreements.
I. Memorandum of Understanding to Prevent/ Counter Smuggling and Circulation of Fake Indian Currency Notes
II. Memorandum of Understanding on Combating Human Trafficking
III. Memorandum on Understanding between India and Thailand on Cooperation in the fields of Information and Communications Technology and Electronics
IV. Memorandum of Understanding on White Shipping Information
V. Memorandum of Understanding between Central Drug Standards Control Organization (CDSO) of India and Thai Food and Drug Administration
VI. Agreement between India and Thailand on Juridical and Judicial Cooperation in Civil and Commercial Matters for the Service of Summons, Judicial Documents, Commission, Execution of Judgments and Arbitral Awards (MLAT on Civil and Commercial Matters
VII. Revision of Air Services Agreement
VIII. Programme of Cooperation (PoC) on Science and Technology,
IX. India Thailand Free Trade Agreement
X. Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT)
XI. Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in Controlling Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances, their Precursors and Chemicals and Drugs Abuse
XII. MoU between Thailand’s Computer Emergency Response Team (Thai CERT), Electronics Transaction Development Agency (ETDA) and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeiTY)
- The Prime Minister of Thailand expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to the people of India for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to him and the members of his delegation during his State visit. He also congratulated Prime Minister Modi for the success of his initiatives and achievements during the past two years under his wise leadership. The Prime Minister of Thailand also extended an invitation to the Prime Minister of India to visit Thailand, which he gladly accepted.
17 June 2016
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 ‘Look 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-AESAN 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.
Exchange of High Level Visits
Dignitary visiting Thailand
PM Dr. Manmohan Singh
July 2004, Oct 2009, 30-31 May 2013
PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Nov 2002 (transit), Oct 2003
PM P. V. Narasimha Rao
PM Rajiv Gandhi
President V. V. Giri
Vice President Dr. Zakir Hussain
Dignitary visiting India
HRH Princess Chulabhorn.
February 2013, Feb 2015
PM Yingluck Shinawatra
24-26 Jan 2012, 20-21 Dec 2012
HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha
November 2011, June 2015
PM Abhisit Vejjajiva
HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn
December 1998, Nov 2010
PM Somchai Wongsawat
PM Surayud Chulanont
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
1987, 1996, 2001, 2004, March 2005, Nov
2005, March 2007, Aug 2007, March 2008,
Feb 2009, Aug 2009, March 2011, Oct 2011,
Feb 2014, July 2014
PM Thaksin Shinawatra
Nov 2001, Feb 2002, June 2005
PM Gen Chatichai Choonhavan
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 Prem Tinsulanonda, President of the Privy Council of Thailand. EAM and DPM & Minister of Foreign Affairs Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn held delegation level talks and exchanged the Instruments of Ratification of Extradition Treaty and signed the revised Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement, MOU on Nalanda University and witnessed signing of MOU on establishing a Chair on Ayurveda at Rangsit University.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. She held a bilateral meeting Dr. Shamshad
Akhtar, Executive Secretary of UNESCAP. The Minister also called on M. R. Pridiyathorn Devakula, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and General Chatchai Sarikulya, Minister of Commerce of Thailand and addressed the business event organized by the Embassy. Shri
Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor visited Thailand on 1-2 April 2015. He called on PM Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, DPM & Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, DPM& FM Gen Tanasak
Patimapragorn and met Mr. Anusit Kunakorn, Secretary General of the National Security Council of Thailand.
DPM and Minister of Foreign Affairs General Tanasak Patimapragorn 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. Secretary (DIPP) gave a presentation of ‘Make in India’ to the visiting Thai delegation. Commerce Minister Chatchai Sarikalya 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 Kiren Rijiju, 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, Kiren Rijiju, 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 Thanasak
Patimaprakorn, Chief of Defence Forces, Royal Thai Armed Forces led a Thai delegation on an official visit to India from 28-30 June 2014. General Thanasak 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 Bhumibol Adulyadej 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 2ndProtocol 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.
Thailand-India Parliamentary Friendship Group (TIPFG) was formed in the National Assembly of Thailand in 2008 and reconstituted in 2011 and again in 2014. A counterpart group was formed in India in December 2011. Thai Parliamentary delegation led by Senator
Mr. KrichAtitkaew, President, TIPFG visited India in August 2012. A 19 member delegation led by Mrs. Meira Kumar, Speaker of Lok Sabha visited Bangkok for the 122ndAssembly of Inter Parliamentary Union inMarch 2010.
Bilateral Institutional Mechanisms
Joint Commission Meeting (JCM): India-Thailand JCM is at Foreign Ministers level. EAMand 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 6th
JCM was held in New Delhi in December 2011.
Foreign office Consultations (FOC): India-Thailand FOC was held in New Delhi on 8
September 2014. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Secretary (East) exchanged views on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest. Earlier FOC was held in Bangkok on 10 August 2012.
Defence Dialogue:Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar met DPM & Defence Minister of Thailand on the sidelines of ADMM+ in Kuala Lumpur on 3 November 2015. Admiral R. K.
Dhowan, Chief of Naval Staff paid an official visit to Thailand from 23-26 July 2015. ACM Arup Raha, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee visited Thailand on 6-9 Sept 2015.The fourth meeting of India-Thailand Defence Dialogue was held in Bangkok on 21-22 December 2015. A bilateral MOU on Defence cooperation was signed in January 2012. The current Defence cooperation comprises regular joint exercises/joint maritime patrols near the international maritime boundary to counter terrorism, piracy and smuggling; training of officers at each others’ institutions and participation as observers in military exercises.
Economic & Commercial Partnership
Bilateral Trade:The last few years have seen a rapid growth in bilateral trade, which crossed US$ 9 billion mark in year 2013-14. The Framework Agreement on India-Thailand FTA was signed in Bangkok in October 2003 and the second protocol to amend it was signed during the visit of Thai PM to New Delhi in January 2012.
(Amount in billion US$)
Source: Department of Commerce, Government of India
FDI in India and Indian Investments in Thailand: Indian FDI into Thailand is around US$ 2 billion since 1970s. Major investments from India to Thailand are in sectors such as agricultural products, minerals & ceramics, metal products and machinery, electrical and electronic products, chemicals and textiles. Actual inflow of FDI from Thailand into India from April 2000 to July 2015 is registered as US $196.40 million. Thai investments are mainly in infrastructure, real estate, food processing, chemicals, and hotel and hospitality sector.
Major Indian groups namely Tata group (automobiles, steel, software), Aditya Birla group
(chemicals, textiles), Indo Rama group (chemicals), Lupin (pharmaceuticals),Ranbaxy, Dabur, Bharti Airtel, NIIT, Punj-Lloyd, Kirloskar and public sector enterprises Indian
Overseas Bank, Bank of Baroda, Air India, New India Assurance are present in Thailand. Leading Thai companies in the fields of Agro-processing, infrastructure, banking,automotive, engineering, housing and hospitality have active and growing business presence in India.
Major Thai companies active in India are – C P Aquaculture (India) Ltd., Krung Thai Bank Pcl.,Ital Thai Development Pcl., Charoen Pokphand (India) Private Limited, Stanley Electric
Engineering India Pvt. Ltd., Thai Summit Neel Auto Pvt. Ltd., Thai Airways, and Precious
Shipping (PSL) of Thailand, Preuksa Real Estate, Dusit and Amari group of hotels.
Connectivity: Air connectivity between India and Thailand is growing with around 150 flights per week, reflecting rapidly growing passenger traffic between the two countries. Bangkok is connected by air to 9 Indian destinations. India and Thailand are cooperating closely on improving regional connectivity through initiatives such as India-Myanmar-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 wereheld 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. In 2015, over 1 million Indian tourists visited Thailand and around 120,000 Thai tourists visited India (mainly to Buddhist pilgrimage sites).
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 2012-14 has been signed during the visit of Thai PM in Jan 2012. 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 and the 2nd edition was organized from March-May 2015.Over 7400 people participated in the 1st International Yoga Day celebrations at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok on 21 June 2015.
Education:An MoU on Cooperation in the field of Education was signed in 2005. During 2014-15 Government of India offered 130 scholarships to Thai students under its ITEC and
ICCR sponsored schemes. 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.
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 2008, the Mahidol University of
Bangkok started a Masters of Arts course on Indian studies. A Chair in Chulalongkorn University’s India Study Centre was inaugurated by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhron on March 6, 2012.Ministry of AYUSH and Rangsit University signed an MOU on establishinga Chair on Ayurveda at Rangsit University was signed on 29 June 2015.
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. Majority of them hold Thai nationality. The Indian community mainly comprises
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PM Narendra Modi to host Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha today; discussion on South China Sea likely
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday hold a meeting with visiting Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, who arrived here on a three-day visit on Thursday.
During the talks, the two sides are likely to explore ways to expand maritime security cooperation, deal with the threat of terrorism and boost trade.
There are indications that both leaders will discuss the situation in the South China Sea.
Modi will host lunch in honour of his Thai counterpart.
The Thai PM will also call on Vice President M Hamid Ansari.
Chan-o-Cha is expected to deliver a speech at the business event hosted by FICCI, CII and ASSOCHAM today.
The Thai Prime Minister is accompanied by his spouse Naraporn Chan-o-cha and a high-level delegation comprising several cabinet ministers, senior officials and a 46-member business delegation.
Chan-o-Cha’s, who arrived on his first visit here as Prime Minister, was received at the airport by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju yesterday.
“India’s excellent relations with Thailand are an important and integral component of India’s strategic partnership with ASEAN. India’s ‘Act East’ policy is complemented by Thailand’s ‘Look West’ policy in bringing the two countries closer,” the External Affairs Ministry had said in a statement.
The India-Thailand Joint Business Forum will hold its first meeting during Chan-o-Cha’s visit and make recommendations for boosting trade ties between the two countries.
He will visit Bodhgaya on Saturday before returning to Thailand.
“India and Thailand have strong economic synergies and the diversifying profile of growing bilateral trade and investment reflects the growth and maturity of the interaction between the two economies,” said the MEA.
Issues related to the proposed Free Trade Agreement between the two countries are likely to figure in talks. The volume of current annual bilateral trade between the two countries is nearly USD 8 billion and both sides are keen to expand it further.
Earlier, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had paid a State visit to India in January 2012 and was the Chief Guest for the Republic Day celebrations.
Maritime security cooperation between the two countries in the Indian Ocean is already “very strong”, said Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs Preeti Saran, adding ways to further enhance it may be explored during the talks.
Thailand has shown interest in joint ventures in defence production and procurement of defence platforms from India.
(With PTI inputs)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet visiting Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha in New Delhi today; To hold bilateral talks with the visiting dignitary; Thai PM, who is on a three-day visit to India, to also hold meetings with Vice President and External Affairs Minister.
Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-O-Cha will hold restricted and delegation level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today.
The Thai PM, who is on a three day visit to India, arrived on Thursday with a high level delegation.
He will be accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhawan today.
The visiting dignitary will call on Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and hold meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during the visit.
India will also seek Thai participation in its Make-in-India initiative. During his stay, General Prayut Chan-o-Cha will also meet Indian businessmen.