Thailand and Japan Reaffirm Close Cooperation in Developing the Mekong Subregion

Thailand and Japan have agreed to strengthen economic cooperation and reaffirmed their close cooperation in the development in the Mekong sub-region, particularly through the Mekong – Japan cooperation and Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS).

 

Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha had a telephone conversation with Mr. SUGA Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, on 9 April 2021.

 

He sought Japan’s support for the Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy model, investment in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), and projects related to electric vehicle production in Thailand.

 

The Thai Prime Minister welcomed the strategic partnership between Thailand and Japan and extended an invitation to Prime Minister SUGA to pay an official visit to Thailand at the earliest date.

 

He also affirmed the priorities of the Royal Thai Government in containing the COVID-19 pandemic and revitalizing the economy. In this regard, Prime Minister SUGA expressed Japan’s readiness to cooperate with Thailand, including by providing COVID-19 related assistance, such as vaccines cold-chain storage equipment and facilities.

 

On regional issues, the two Prime Ministers exchanged views on the situation in Myanmar, the East China Sea, the South China Sea, and the Korean Peninsula. They agreed to cooperate closely in the ASEAN – Japan framework, of which Thailand will serve as Country Coordinator for the next three years, and the Asia – Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which Thailand will be the host in 2022.

 

Prime Minister SUGA also reiterated Japan’s support for Thailand to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement of Trans-Pacific Partnership.

 

Source: The Government Public Relations Department