ThaisNews, 1 February 2006
Thailand Prepares to Expand Talks on Thai - India FTA Agreements Beginning in March
Thailand prepares to expand talks on Thai-India FTA agreements from the original 82 items, beginning in March.
Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said that Thailand prepares to expand its FTA agreements with India from the original 82 items, after managing to open FTA areas with Japan. He said that the negotiations may start in March this year, adding that India is an important market. He added that many important trade partners for Thailand are interested in exporting electronics and automobile products to India, by using Thailand as a production base. He said that the expansion of the trade deal will be carried out in the Economic Partnership format. He said that the format is appropriate and covers a wide range of areas, including culture. He expressed belief that the people of the two countries will express their support for the pact.