Thailand, China towards USD140 billion trade goal

NONTHABURI (BERNAMA) — The Department of Trade Negotiations is trying to increase Sino-Thai trade value to USD140 billion within next year, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Director-General of the Department Auramon Supthaweethum recently had a tele-conversation on bilateral trade expansion with Director-General of the Department of Asian Affairs of China’s Ministry of Commerce Peng Gang as both countries had a mutual goal to increase their bilateral trade value to USD140 billion next year.

She also discussed connection between Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor project and China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Greater Bay Area project.

Auramon asked China to quickly implement the Sino-Thai memorandum of understanding on trade in farm products, especially the government-to-government agreement to import one million tonnes of Thai rice.

On the same occasion, she expressed gratitude towards China for its import of Thai farm products, especially fruits of which China was the biggest importer, she said.

Both countries would promote bilateral trade through online and offline channels despite the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, Auramon said. China invited Thai operators to join the China International Import Expo in Shanghai on November 5-10 and the China-ASEAN Expo in Nanning on November 27-30, she said.

China is the biggest import market and the second biggest export market of Thailand. Last year’s bilateral trade was estimated at USD79.44 billion. In the first half of this year, the value stood at USD38.49 billion.