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PM Yingluck calls Thailand haven for foreign investment during visit to Europe

English.news.cn   2013-03-06 16:17:23            

BANGKOK, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Wednesday urged the Belgian private sectors to take part in investment in Thailand's mega infrastructure projects during her official visit, Thai News Agency reported.

During a meeting with her Belgian counterpart Elio Di Rupo, the Thai premier said Thailand has enjoyed political and economic stability, and a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6.4 percent.

Investment opportunities are vast in Thailand given its potential as a gateway for European Union countries to the Southeast Asian region and the 66 billion U.S. dollars mega project by Thai governments involving transport, telecommunications and energy, she said.

She also asked the Belgian prime minister to consider Schengen visa waivers for Thai passport holders to promote tourism between the two countries. Yingluck made a similar request to the Swedish leader during her visit to Stockholm on Tuesday.

The Thai and Belgian premiers agreed in principle to exchange knowledge on medical science, food safety, innovative technology, high-level research and development and logistics to boost Thailand's competitive edge.

Later Wednesday Yingluck is scheduled to meet with Jose Manuel Barroso, European Commission president when they will announce the enforcement of the Thai-European Union Free Trade Agreement.

A Thai delegation comprising of public and private sectors, led by Yingluck, began visiting Sweden and Belgium on Monday and will conclude Thursday.

Editor: Sha Sha
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