Ambassador Manasvi met with Thailand’s Honorary Consul-General in Portland, Oregon

On 11 June 2021, Ambassador Manasvi Srisodapol and the Embassy’s team had a virtual meeting with Mr. Nicholas J. Stanley, Honorary Consul-General of the Kingdom of Thailand in Portland, Oregon. The meeting touched upon potential collaboration to promote Thailand’s trade, investments, culture, and tourism. In addition, the representatives discussed cooperation in advancing relations between Thailand and Oregon’s local government and business sector.

Ambassador Manasvi expressed his appreciation of Mr. Stanley’s dedication to assist the Thai community and his role of engaging with members of Oregon’s state representatives and business community. The Ambassador also briefed the Honorary Consul-General on Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman’s fruitful visit to Thailand and Thailand’s role in hosting the 2022 APEC Summit. Regarding the promotion of trade and investment, the Ambassador shared with the Honorary Consul-General the possibility of hosting a virtual or in person business seminar for Oregon’s business community.

The Honorary Consul-General was also updated on Thailand’s economic outlook and the Thai Government’s economic development projects such as the flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and the Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Model, as well as on consular matters such as the Thai E-visa system and the current regulations to enter Thailand.

Another topic of discussion was the promotion of Thailand’s culture, tourism, and Thai local businesses. The Embassy briefed the Honorary Consul-General on the recent and upcoming events such as the Thai Restaurant Week to celebrate Songkran (Thailand’s New Year holiday) held in April 2021 in the DMV area and the possibility of organizing cultural events such as a virtual Thai film festival and a virtual Thai silk exhibition. The Honorary Consul-General agreed that these or similar activities could be explored in Oregon, especially those aimed at promoting businesses owned by members of the Thai community.