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Visit to France by the Prime Minister of Thailand, Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra (July 20 to 21, 2012)

The Prime Minister of Thailand, Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, will visit France from July 20 to 21, 2012, during her first European tour. She will be received at the Elysée for a meeting with President Hollande, then in Matignon by the Prime Minister for a meeting followed by a working lunch.

This visit will provide an opportunity to underscore the quality of the Franco-Thai partnership, to discuss joint projects and to give new impetus to our cooperation.

In this respect, a bilateral agreement in the field of educational cooperation and research will be signed by Ms. Geneviève Fioraso, Minister of Higher Education and Research, and Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand. This agreement will make it possible to improve student mobility between the two countries, to expand our cooperation to include new areas of mutual interest, such as the development of basic and applied sciences, technological innovation, and vocational training, and to signal our support for the teaching of the French language at the secondary and higher education level in Thailand.

These bilateral meetings will focus on the intensification of political exchanges on issues of common interest (support for the transition in Burma in particular), economic and trade relations (on a bilateral basis and within the framework of ASEAN-EU trade) and cultural cooperation (exchange students, joint research projects). In this connection, the prime minister will meet with French entrepreneurs.

Thailand is an important economic partner; it was our 2nd largest ASEAN trade partner in 2010, with a total trade volume of $3,138 million. Thailand is the 3rd largest ASEAN importer of French goods.


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