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Thailand's Economy Day to be held in ICCIM
Thailand's Economy Day was held in ICCIM with the attendance of Thai Ambassador, Minister of Thai Embassy in Iran and a group of Iranian businesspeople.
According to the report of ICCIM Public Relations, ICCIM Deputy General Director for Bilateral Affairs "Shahram Khasipour" stated that there are different ways for active participation of both countries' private sectors and it is possible to better utilize the privatization process and the existing potentials in Iran.
Food industry, petrochemicals, oil and gas, steel, fishery and tourism are good areas for cooperation between the two countries, he stated, adding that it is necessary to develop trade relations between Iran and Thailand.
The aim of holding this seminar is introducing Thailand's economic capabilities and exploring different ways of cooperation between the two countries, he declared.
Pointing to the long-term historical relations between Iran and Thailand, he said the volume of exchanges is not satisfying considering economic capacities in both countries.
Considering active presence of Iran in ECO and Thailand's active participation in ASEAN, the two countries can strengthen regional cooperation and implement joint projects in the third countries, Khasipour noted.
He finally pointed to the importance of exchanging trade information especially investment rules and regulations and called on more active participation of Thai companies in investment projects in Iran with the cooperation of the private sector.
Thai Ambassador to Iran, "Pichai Isra Bhakdi" expressed about his appreciation for holding this seminar in ICCIM, noting that Iran and Thailand enjoy long-term relations and expressed hope that this seminar can help develop trade exchanges between the two countries.
Minister of Thai Embassy in Iran, "Chairat Siravat" described about economic status of Thailand, noting that the annual GNP is $ 8100 per person, from which 10% relates to agriculture, 45% to industry and 45% to services.
Pointing to $170b export by Thailand, he said automobile, jewelry, rice, and caoutchouc are the most important goods exporting by Thailand and added Thailand's export will grow by 50% this year.
Thailand is the first exporter of rice and caoutchouc in the world, he said adding that sugar cane, various types of fish, sea food, shrimp and poultry are among our exports.
50 million tourists visited Thailand last year among which 115000 were Iranian he declared, noting there are direct flights from Tehran and Mashhad to Thailand each day.
Japan, European Union, Singapore and India are the most important investors in Thailand and they have invested in services, infrastructure petrochemicals, paper as well as plastic, he claimed.
Second Secretary of Thailand's Embassy also reported about tourism status in Thailand and said the number of Iranian tourists has increased and Thailand has been the best tourism target in 2008.
Head of Iran-Thailand Joint Business Council, "Fatemeh Shabani" described about establishment process of this council and said we try to facilitate trade exchanges between the two countries. She also added Iranian business people intend to be in contact with their Thai trade partners and necessary information should be disseminated by businesspeople to this council.
Commercial Counselor of Thai Embassy to Iran, "Wanchai Varavithya" also stated that although there are political problems in Thailand, trade has not been affected in our country.
Although money transference is one of the important obstacles on development of economic relations between Iran and Thailand, trade exchanges have increased in 2009 and Thai businesspeople are ready to give 3 months credits to Iranian businesspeople.
Pointing to $1b trade exchanges between Iran and Thailand, he said Thailand's import from Iran is 270 million dollar and principal exports from Iran to Thailand are oil and gas, petrochemicals, vegetables and machinery.
He finally stated that Thailand produces 20 million ton rice and Iran has been the biggest consumer of rice in the past, but this volume has been decreased recently.
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