Belgian royal couple to visit Thailand to enhance trade, investment cooperation


BANGKOK, March 11 – Crown Prince Philippe of Belgium will lead a 200-member delegation to Thailand next week in an official visit aiming to foster trade and investment between the two countries. 

The crown prince and his wife, Princess Mathilde, will be in the kingdom from Sunday through Friday March 17-22 as royal guests of Their Majesties the King and Queen. They are scheduled for an audience with Their Majesties on March 22.

Among senior Belgian officials who will accompany the crown prince are Didier Reynders, vice premier and foreign minister, Kris Peeters, minister-president of Flanders, and Jean-Claude Marcourt, vice-minister-president and minister of economy.

The royal entourage will include 170 businessmen from 105 companies in the western European country who are keen on cooperating with Thailand on alternative and clean energy, health service and medical supplies, agro-industry and food, infrastructure and logistics.

Crown Prince Philippe is honorary chairman of the Belgian Foreign Trade Board. He is scheduled to visit Map Ta Phut industrial estate in the eastern province of Rayong where several major Belgian industries are located, and also to see the industrial breeding of marine life in Phetchaburi.