Belgian crown prince tours Maptaput with economic delegation

Friday, 29 March 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 13 By  Patcharapol Panrak

Crown Prince Philippe and a delegation of Belgian officials and business leaders toured Rayong’s Maptaput Industrial Estate to review operations by companies from his homeland.

Rayong Gov. Wichit Chatpaisit and Thailand Industrial Estate Gov. Weerapong Chaiperm welcomed Prince Philippe and his wife Princess Mathilde at the latest stop on their six-day visit with nearly 200 ministers and business leaders from the western European country.

Crown Prince Philippe (right) and a delegation of Belgian officials and business leaders tour Rayong’s Maptaput Industrial Estate.Crown Prince Philippe (right) and a delegation of Belgian officials and business leaders tour Rayong’s Maptaput Industrial Estate.

The royal couple observed the environmental quality monitoring system and closed-circuit television security camera systems at the industrial estate before visiting three Thai-Belgian joint ventures: Glow Group, Katoen Natie Services (Thailand) Ltd., and Viny Thai Co. The firms are involved in energy, logistics, petrochemicals and plastics.

During his visit, the crown prince - the honorary chairman of the Belgian Foreign Trade Board - received a briefing on Thailand’s outlook on economic cooperation and bilateral trade. He also met with Thailand’s transport minister to discuss investment on an eastern-region high-speed train project, chaired a ceremony to launch repairs on the Thai-Belgian Friendship Bridge, and visited a sea-farm project under His Majesty’s initiative in Phetchaburi.

Finally, the royal couple was granted an audience with HM the King. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Thai economic ministers also were present and the Belgian and Thai leaders discussed economic cooperation.

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