Thailand forges closer ties with Qatar

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Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in talks with H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, prime minister and foreign minister of Qatar

Thailand and Qatar are keen to elevate mutual cooperation in various economic fields, including food security and energy, it was disclosed after an official visit of Thailand’s prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s to Qatar on May 15.

Shinawatra, who visited Qatar together with Thailands foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, held talks with H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, prime minister and foreign minister of Qatar. The leaders of both countries said they were content with the progress of mutual friendship and cooperation. In addition, the two premiers also stressed their determination to enhance cooperation in various fields of mutual interest.

Shinawatra appreciated Qatar’s significant role in the Muslim world and across the Arab region. She believed that both Thailand and Qatar act as regional strategic points which facilitate trade, investment and cooperation. Sheikh Al-Thani, in turn, considered Thailand as a country with political stability and economic efficiency.

The two leaders agreed to extend their economic cooperation in several fields. Thailand’s private sector is showing interest in participating in infrastructure and gymnasium construction for the preparation of the FIFA World Cup 2020 in Qatar. Shinawatra stressed that Thailand has expertise in skilled labor, architecture and system planning. Sheikh Al-Thani said the Qatari government welcomes investors in those areas and promises that transparency will be promoted.

In the field of food security, Shinawatre said she was pleased that a joint declaration concerning this issue had been signed. As a main food producer, Thailand is willing to provide food to Qatar and to cooperate with Qatar in serving as ‘food silo’ for Qatari demand.

Thailand also supports the Qatar Investment Authority and the Qatar Holding to conduct financial joint investment with Thailand. Agencies of the two countries will be assigned to look into this issue, especially towards investments in the stock market and the real estate sector as well as to provide a list of business offices and a contact list in order to facilitate and accelerate the cooperation.

Medical tourism and hospital management were another fields of discussion. Shinawatra said Thailand welcomes Qatari nationals who visit Thailand for medical treatment. Moreover, Thailand will enhance cooperation among hospitals and health care businesses between the two countries. The government of Thailand has already introduced a 90 days visa extension for medical visits. Thai private hospitals also express interest in joining the medical teams during the FIFA World Cup 2020.

Thailand and Qatar also agreed upon an extension of their energy cooperation. Qatar proposed an exchange visit between the country’s energy ministers in order to foster the cooperation. Thailand’s PPT Group and Qatargas will be assisted in a long-term cooperation on LNG trade. Thai energy companies, in turn, will serve as Qatar’s door to ASEAN and nearby regions. Moreover, Thailand is negotiating on 600,000 tonnes LNG trade in this year, and a two million tonnes  LNG trade negotiation is proceeding.

Four agreements between Qatar and Thailand have been signed during the visit, an agreement on Thai labour employment in Qatar, an MoU on public health cooperation, an MOU on cultural cooperation and a joint declaration on trade and investment cooperation in agricultural products, particularly halal food.

Trade between Qatar and Thailand has jumped by 24 per cent to $2.8 billion in 2011 compared to $2.3 billion in 2007, Shinawatra said. The number of Qatari tourists visiting Thailand surged 24 per cent to 28,000 in 2011 compared to 2010.

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Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in talks with H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, prime minister and foreign minister of Qatar

Thailand and Qatar are keen to elevate mutual cooperation in various economic fields, including food security and energy, it was disclosed after an official visit of Thailand’s prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s to Qatar on May 15.

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Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in talks with H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, prime minister and foreign minister of Qatar

Thailand and Qatar are keen to elevate mutual cooperation in various economic fields, including food security and energy, it was disclosed after an official visit of Thailand’s prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s to Qatar on May 15.

Shinawatra, who visited Qatar together with Thailands foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, held talks with H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, prime minister and foreign minister of Qatar. The leaders of both countries said they were content with the progress of mutual friendship and cooperation. In addition, the two premiers also stressed their determination to enhance cooperation in various fields of mutual interest.

Shinawatra appreciated Qatar’s significant role in the Muslim world and across the Arab region. She believed that both Thailand and Qatar act as regional strategic points which facilitate trade, investment and cooperation. Sheikh Al-Thani, in turn, considered Thailand as a country with political stability and economic efficiency.

The two leaders agreed to extend their economic cooperation in several fields. Thailand’s private sector is showing interest in participating in infrastructure and gymnasium construction for the preparation of the FIFA World Cup 2020 in Qatar. Shinawatra stressed that Thailand has expertise in skilled labor, architecture and system planning. Sheikh Al-Thani said the Qatari government welcomes investors in those areas and promises that transparency will be promoted.

In the field of food security, Shinawatre said she was pleased that a joint declaration concerning this issue had been signed. As a main food producer, Thailand is willing to provide food to Qatar and to cooperate with Qatar in serving as ‘food silo’ for Qatari demand.

Thailand also supports the Qatar Investment Authority and the Qatar Holding to conduct financial joint investment with Thailand. Agencies of the two countries will be assigned to look into this issue, especially towards investments in the stock market and the real estate sector as well as to provide a list of business offices and a contact list in order to facilitate and accelerate the cooperation.

Medical tourism and hospital management were another fields of discussion. Shinawatra said Thailand welcomes Qatari nationals who visit Thailand for medical treatment. Moreover, Thailand will enhance cooperation among hospitals and health care businesses between the two countries. The government of Thailand has already introduced a 90 days visa extension for medical visits. Thai private hospitals also express interest in joining the medical teams during the FIFA World Cup 2020.

Thailand and Qatar also agreed upon an extension of their energy cooperation. Qatar proposed an exchange visit between the country’s energy ministers in order to foster the cooperation. Thailand’s PPT Group and Qatargas will be assisted in a long-term cooperation on LNG trade. Thai energy companies, in turn, will serve as Qatar’s door to ASEAN and nearby regions. Moreover, Thailand is negotiating on 600,000 tonnes LNG trade in this year, and a two million tonnes  LNG trade negotiation is proceeding.

Four agreements between Qatar and Thailand have been signed during the visit, an agreement on Thai labour employment in Qatar, an MoU on public health cooperation, an MOU on cultural cooperation and a joint declaration on trade and investment cooperation in agricultural products, particularly halal food.

Trade between Qatar and Thailand has jumped by 24 per cent to $2.8 billion in 2011 compared to $2.3 billion in 2007, Shinawatra said. The number of Qatari tourists visiting Thailand surged 24 per cent to 28,000 in 2011 compared to 2010.

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