Thailand enhances trade ties with Czech Republic

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BANGKOK, 24 January 2013  – The Czech Republic’s Industry and Trade Minister is leading a delegation to Thailand to discuss preparations for the First Meeting of the Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation (JEC) between Thailand and Czech Republic, set to be held in Prague in June.

Czech Industry and Trade Minister Martin Kuba yesterday paid a courtesy call on Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, after which they co-chaired the first meeting of the Thai-Czech Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation. At the meeting, both ministers signed an Agreement on Economic Cooperation between the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Government of the Czech Republic. The agreement covers economic and technical cooperation framework and calls for the setting up of a joint economic commission (JEC). The Czech Republic agreed to host the first meeting of the JEC in Prague this June.

Both Thai and Czech ministers also witnessed the signing of a Cooperation Agreement between the Federation of Thai Industries and the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic.

While in Thailand, Mr. Kuba also attended a business forum organized by the Thai-Czech Business Council and the Ministry of Commerce. The forum provided a stage for business people of the two countries to meet and discuss potentials for joint trade and investment.

Mr. Kuba’s visit to Thailand is part of his Southeast Asian tour which also includes Vietnam and Myanmar. His delegation comprises government officials and 40 Czech business representatives.