UKABC meets with Thailand’s DPM
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Fri, 1 Nov. 2019
Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Chair of UKABC, paid a courtesy call on Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), Somkid Jatusripitak, together with senior British government and business figures. The aim of the meeting was to discuss strengthening UK-ASEAN and UK-Thailand business relationships.
“You are very welcome but please come more often” DPM Somkid Jatusripitak said to the UK business and government delegation at the end of a 45 minute friendly meeting that discussed Thailand and ASEAN’s areas of economic focus and future outlook. Two of Thailand’s main themes as Chair of ASEAN 2019 is regional digital connectivity and the future of work, areas that the UK can contribute significantly to. See related story here.
DPM Jatusripitak conveyed the desire for UK educational institutions to set up in Thailand, specifically in the Eastern Economic Corridor. He also provided an overview of the Eastern Economic Corridor and encouraged UK business to visit the region and invest. Apart from education, Thailand is also interested in the UK’s financial services, fintech cooperation, tourism promotion and digital industry.
Joining the meeting were Ambassador Brian Davidson, UK’s Ambassador to Thailand, Ambassador Jon Lambe, UK’s Ambassador-Designate to ASEAN, Natalie Black, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner Asia Pacific and British business.
UKABC organised a business engagement programme to the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. Led by Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Chair of UKABC, the aim of the programme was to impress upon ASEAN stakeholders the growing UK business engagement with ASEAN and explore areas of collaboration. The four-day programme included meetings with senior government and business figures from ASEAN Member States, the ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN Dialogue Partners. The programme took place 1-4 November.