15 May 2009
Thailand is "Back in Business"
Thai Prime Minister in Hong Kong Today on First Official Visit
15 May 2009 – Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, in his first official visit to Hong Kong since assuming the top post just five months ago, said his country is "back in business." The Prime Minister was speaking today at a business luncheon hosted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).
"The last four months have not been easy politically," Mr Abhisit said. "But we have not been distracted from our economic tasks, including our economic stimulus plans, which are on track." As Chairman of the ASEAN forum this year, the Prime Minister noted that ASEAN rejects trade protectionism and is pushing ahead with liberalisation programmes amid the global economic downturn.
"Mr Abhisit's presence here with us today speaks volumes of the longstanding bond between our two peoples and the importance that the Prime Minister attaches to the bilateral ties between our two economies," said HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam, who spoke at the luncheon and later moderated a question-and-answer session with the Prime Minister.
Also attending the luncheon were Hong Kong business leaders representing multi-sector corporations, real estate, finance, tourism, consumer products and a variety of other sectors.
Thailand is Hong Kong's seventh-largest trading partner in Asia, with trade last year totalling US$12.2 billion, an increase of 10.6 per cent over the previous year.
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Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, www.hktdc.com