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Trade Pact
July 2, 2007

JTEPA boosts bilateral trade and investment
Thailand's Agriculture and Co-operatives Minister Thira Sutabutr on July 2 assured that the Japan and Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement (JTEPA) would help boost exports of Thai agricultural produce to Japanese market.

Mr. Thira, who presided over the opening ceremony to celebrate the 120th anniversary of establishing Thai-Japanese relations in agriculture, said JTEPA involved mostly with the farm products which would eventually benefit Thailand's agricultural sector.

Thai agricultural and horticultural products, including sweet peppers, banana, mango, mangosteen, pineapple, flowers, chicken meat, prawn, seafood, and the like, could expand their markets in Japan, he said adding that the cooperation would also expand to cover technical assistance and human resource development particularly the young Thai farmers.

He said young farmers will play a vital role in agriculture sector in the future and the event to celebrate the 120th anniversary of Thai-Japanese ties, the young farmers would have an arena to exchange ideas on JTEPA, the cooperation with Japanese co-operatives and display of Thai products that export to Japan

Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on April 3 signed the JTEPA agreement in Tokyo, which was aimed at boosting bilateral trade

The event celebrating the 120th anniversary of establishing Thai-Japanese relations in agriculture would be held until Thursday at Kasetsart University in Bangkok. TNA

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