PM Yingluck urges trade-related agencies to push for 9% export growth rate


BANGKOK, 15 February 2013  The Prime Minister has urged all trade-related agencies to help Thailand achieve a healthy export growth rate in 2013. 

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said on Thursday that the economic Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, discussed moves to further promote Thai exports in 2013, especially in the areas of border trade.

Mr. Kittiratt stated that although Thailand has already recorded trade surpluses with many countries, the PM still urges related state agencies to continue the improvement of the country’s import-export procedures in order to boost cross-border trade, particularly with other ASEAN markets, where growth potential is high.

For western markets, including Europe and US, where situations are more stable, Ms. Yingluck asked all responsible units to put extra efforts into the penetration of all markets as a team.

The Premier suggested the collaboration between such agencies as the Commerce Ministry, the Agriculture Ministry, the Tourism Ministry and the private sector as a vehicle to help the country achieve the target export growth rate of 9%.