Thai ambassador: Qatar wishes to boost trade ties with Thailand


DOHA, 15 May 2012  – On the eve of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s visit, Thailand’s Ambassador to Qatar Panyarak Poolsup said that the State of Qatar is looking to strengthen trade and investment cooperation with Thailand. 

Mr Panyarak said that in response to the Thai government’s bid to foster relations and cooperation with Qatar, visitor numbers from the gulf state to Thailand are on the rise, particularly for medical tourism.

Medical cooperation is also on the agenda for discussion between Ms Yingluck and Qatari leaders, as Thailand’s health care services are considered of high standards.

Among the key areas of cooperation, the Thai ambassador elaborated that Qatar’s business community has expressed interest in investing in the kingdom’s mega-projects and in increasing food imports from Thailand.

Ms Yingluck is scheduled to arrive in Doha this evening. Once in the capital, the premier will be welcomed by Mr Panyarak and a team of embassy officials.

During her visit, Ms Yingluck will pay a courtesy call to Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the ruling Emir of the State of Qatar, at Al Wajbah Fort before holding bilateral discussions with the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar.

Following the talks, the two PMs are expected to co-chair a ceremony for the signing of a Thai-Qatari MoU on labor cooperation.