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Thailand and India Agree to Expedite Seamless Connectivity

13 October 2019 (Readers 248)

Thailand and India have agreed to expedite seamless connectivity by land, sea, and air. The issued was discussed at the 8th Meeting of the Thailand-India Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JC), co-chaired by Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India.

The meeting took place on 10 October 2019 at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, Republic of India. Both sides saw the importance of the complementarity in Thailands Look West Policy and Indias Act East Policy, particularly now that Thailand is Chairman of ASEAN and Country Coordinator for ASEAN-India Dialogue Relations during 2018-2021.

The two countries therefore should enhance bilateral cooperation in all dimensions as well as the concrete collaboration between the two regions linking the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Oceans.

On the economic front, Thailand and India agreed that if trade growth between the two countries could be maintained at around 20 percent per year, the bilateral trade volume will reach USD 30 billion within five years (2024). Both countries also saw the potential benefits of the early conclusion of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Concerning socio-cultural relations, they will utilize the longstanding bond in civilization and culture for more tangible cooperation particularly between Thailand and the North Eastern Region of India.

Regarding cooperation in regional and multilateral fora, both sides explored ways to enhance ties under ASEAN-India Framework, the United Nations, and regional cooperation, including Ayeyawady Chao Phyaya Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS), Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC), Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), and Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD). They also exchanged views on regional issues such as the Indo-Pacific, maritime cooperation, and sustainable development.

After the conclusion of the JC meeting, the two ministers signed the Agreed Minutes of JC and witnessed the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Devawongse Varopakarn Institute of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, and Foreign Services Institute, Ministry of External Affairs of India. The MOU is with the objective to foster cooperation between the two countries in enhancing capacity-building for the personnel in the foreign services.




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