PM discusses cooperation with Japanese counterpart ahead of 10th Mekong-Japan Summit

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Tokyo – Thailand’s Prime Minister is in Japan for the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit to discuss the 2018 Tokyo Strategy draft and cooperation with his Japanese counterpart.

Upon arriving in Japan, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha met and engaged in multilateral discussions with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He thanked Japan for supporting investment in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and voiced condolences over the losses caused by recent natural disasters.

The two leaders held a press conference Tuesday and following their talks Gen Prayut said both countries are ready to work together in accordance with Free Trade Agreements, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Japan–Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement (JTEPA), adding that Japan intends to elevate Thai industries in accordance with its Thailand 4.0 agenda and Japan’s own “Connected Industries” concept. Thailand intends to improve its SMEs and Start Ups in accommodation of Japanese investment.

The Thai premier also touted the 2018 Tokyo Strategy, saying it will foster connections, develop people and help in environmental conservation, supporting the ACMECS master plan. He ended his address by assuring general elections will take place in Thailand in February of next year.