Thailand and Myanmar to jointly boost border trade

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Thailand’s Vice Minister for Commerce Dr. Sakon Varanyuwatana (right) and Dr. Lei Maw (left), Chief Minister of Myanmar’s Taninthargyi Region, agreed to boost border trade and relations between the two countries.
Thailand’s Vice Minister for Commerce Dr. Sakon Varanyuwatana (right) and Dr. Lei Maw (left), Chief Minister of Myanmar’s Taninthargyi Region, agreed to boost border trade and relations between the two countries.

Thailand’s Vice Minister for Commerce, Dr. Sakon Varanyuwatana, says the Thailand-Myanmar Border Economic Partnership Conference will boost border trade and relations between the two countries.

The conference was held near Thailand’s Ban Nam Pu Ron and Myanmar’s Htee Kee border checkpoints. It was aimed at increasing trade activity in border areas by promoting border development and cooperation between Thailand and Myanmar.

In attendance were Dr. Lei Maw, Chief Minister of Myanmar’s Taninthargyi Region, as well as representatives from public and private organizations in Kanchanaburi province. Small meetings on public-private cooperation, business matching and agreement-signing ceremonies were also being held on the sidelines of the event.

Dr. Lei Maw said Myanmar’s economy is experiencing rapid growth and, therefore, the country must import construction materials, household commodities and industrial chemicals to accommodate rising domestic demand.

She invited Thai businesses to build more hotels, factories and mines to accommodate the potential growth on the border, especially once road construction connecting Dawei Port and Ban Nam Pu Ron Checkpoint is completed. She also expects more investment and travel by citizens of both countries in the near future.