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Monday, May 11, 2009

Comments on Business Luncheon at CCIWA Perth with H.E. Thai Foreign Affairs Minister Mr Kasit Piromya

CCIWA Special Luncheon in Honour of the Foreign Minister of Thailand–H.E Mr Kasit Piromya
7th May 2009

Pictured from left to right
Dr Alan Eggleston Senator for Western Australia
H.E. Mr Kasit Piromya Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
James Pearson Chief Executive Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA)

Speaking Notes / James Pearson Chief Executive Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA)

Warm welcome extended to the Foreign Minister, his family and the Thai delegation.

Dignitaries noted:
H.E. Mr Kasit Piromya Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
Mrs Chintana Piromya Spouse of Minister
Ms Prae Piromya Daughter of Minister
H.E. Mr Bandhit Sotipalalit Thailand Ambassador to Australia
H.E. Mr Oum Maolanon Thailand Ambassador to New Zealand
Mr Kiattikhun Chartprasent Consul General of Thailand in Australia
Mrs Nongnuth Phetcharatana Director General Department of American and South Pacific AffairsMinistry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand
Brigadier William D Jamieson Royal Thai Consul-General in Perth
William Jamieson Royal Thai Consul in Perth
Dr Alan Eggleston Senator for Western Australia

  • Thanked the Minister for giving of his valuable time to visit the Chamber and to address WA business members at the lunch organised in his honour.

    Noted long trade history between Western Australia and Thailand

    The Thailand Australia Free Trade Agreement entered into force on 1 January 2005
    Total Trade between Thailand and Australia 2007/08 $13,447 million
    Thailand is Australia’s 7th largest export destination
    Australia is Thailand’s 12 largest export destination
    Australia's main exports to Thailand are - petroleum, aluminium, gold, copper
    Thailand’s main exports to Australia are - goods vehicles, passenger vehicles, gold, heating and cooling equipment

    Australia's trade in services with Thailand in 2007/08
    Exports to Thailand $888 million
    Imports from Thailand $1,841 million

    CCIWA has 128 WA companies registered for the special Thailand Australia FTA Certificates of Origin

    Over 450 different products now being exported to Thailand from Western Australia under the FTA agreement.

    This is evidence of the benefit of bi-lateral trade agreements.


H.E. Kasit Piromya

Delivered a calming, positive and comprehensively speech on Business, Social, Economic and Political issues. He enthusiastically invited questions from guests and gave a frank and transparent answers.

The event was well supported by local business Community. The general comments by guests were feeling very confident about the political changes and the positive direction for Thailand and the Kingdom's desire to embrace Business and Community relations with Western Australia.

Dr Alan Eggleston Senator for Western Australia views mirrored those of the guests and looked forward to the advancing those talks with Khun Kasit during the JOINT COMMISSION ON BILATERAL COOPERATION scheduled on 08/02/2009.

Dr Eggleston also acknowledged the catalyst for change is action and a excellent example is the exceptional achievement in the local Community by Federal Minister for Swan Steve Irons.


Pictured below Kn Kasit and James with "cheers" (chockdee) to a successful event for Thailand and West Australia.

Khun Kasit will continue on his roadshow to visit, Thai students studying in Perth and will be a guest of honour at a dinner function hosted by the Thai-Australia Association of Western Australia followed by meetings with Ministers from Australia relating to THAILAND JOINT COMMISSION ON BILATERAL COOPERATION

AusWaThai, in it's objective to promote bilateral relations Thailand and specifically West Australia offers website services to cover topics supporting Business Community, Culture and Travel.

Our business website is, for the moment limited, as our focus has been Community, Culture and Travel Thailand however we do offer a draft help list of network sites in our Business website.
We are now turning our focus to develop website for Thais Travelling to WA

It's invaluable to remember Austrade is an exceptional government support agency with grant facilities to provide financial support to export.

Thank you CCI WA for their pro active particiapation toward Business Australia Thailand.

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