Thailand ready for rice and sugar trade negotiations with Tajikistan

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NEW YORK, 29 September 2015 – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha had a meeting with Tajikistan President Emomalii Rahmon, during which they agreed to enter rice and sugar trade deals.

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, both leaders discussed several developments in their countries, particulary the Tajikistan’s interest to purchase Thai rice and sugar. Gen Prayut thanked President Rahmon for his interest and confirmed Thailand’s readiness for the negotiations which could be made on either a government-to-government basis or between the private sectors of both sides.

Gen Prayut added that in order to promote bilateral trade and investment, both countries could try to optimize the conditions provided by bilateral trading mechanisms they have already signed such as the Elimination of Double Taxation Treaty, an agreement on trade and investment promotion, the Agreement on economic and academic cooperation, as well as the agreement on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic or official passports.

He said Thailand would also seek to expand bilateral cooperation in fields that both countries have mutual interest such as education, science, agriculture, water management, narcotic suppression and also to promote the application of the philosophy of sufficiency economy initiated by HM the King.

The meeting was the first between Gen Prayut and President Rahmon since the Thai prime minister has been in office. It was also aimed at tightening the 23-year-long diplomatic relations between Thailand and Tajikistan.