Thai PM to visit Sweden, Belgium


BANGKOK, March 3 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is scheduled to visit Sweden, Belgium from Monday through Thursday March 4-7.

Ms Yingluck will be accompanied by key Cabinet ministers, senior officials and CEOs of prominent Thai enterprises.

During her official visit to Sweden, the prime minister will have an audience with His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustav as well as a bilateral meeting and working luncheon with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, according to a press release of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Together, they will also witness the signing of the second Joint Plan of Action and the Law Enforcement Cooperation Agreement.

In addition, the Prime Minister will hold discussions with Per Westerberg, Speaker of the Riksdag, meet with representatives from leading Swedish companies and visit “SymbioCity”, a model of urban development that combines sustainable transport, energy and water usage and modern technology in an integrated manner.

She will later attend a business dinner in Stockholm where she will deliver a keynote address to promote Thai-Swedish investment.

During her visit to Belgium, the prime minister will have an audience with His Royal Highness Prince Philippe, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Belgium, during which she will discuss His Royal Highness’ upcoming royal visit to Thailand later this month.

Ms Yingluck will hold bilateral discussions with her Belgian counterpart, Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo.

While in Brussels, the seat of major institutions of the European Union, she will have bilateral talks with the heads of the three key institutions of the European Union – José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament.

Ms Yingluck will attend a business networking reception and luncheon, organised by the Board of Investment, for representatives of the Thai and Belgian private sectors.

She will also meet with representatives of Fairtrade International, to promote Thai agricultural products.