Thailand and U.S. discussed ways to reinvigorate partnership at Webinar “Forging Thailand-US Economic Partnership: A Pathway Toward Post-COVID-19 Recovery”

H.E. Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, former Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Ambassador Manasvi Srisodapol and Acting Undersecretary for International Trade Diane Farrell shared their views on areas and sectors where Thailand and the U.S. should develop concrete and affirmative economic cooperation at the Webinar “Forging Thailand-US Economic Partnership : A Pathway toward post-COVID-19 Recovery” on 15 September 2021. They also welcomed the recent announcement that the U.S. will host APEC 2023, after Thailand’s APEC chairmanship in 2022, and looked forward to build synergy as consecutive hosts to rebuild certainty and confidence in global post-COVID-19 recovery.

Their remarks were followed by a panel discussion by Dr. Luxmon Attapich, Deputy Secretary-General of the Eastern Economic Corridor Office of Thailand, H.E. Mr. Michael DeSombre, former U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, and Mr. John Goyer, Executive Director of Southeast Asia of the Chamber of Commerce. The discussants identified many sectors of possible cooperation, including electronics component, advanced packaging, electric vehicles and batteries, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, and digital economy.

The webinar was the second of the New Opportunities for the United States-Kingdom of Thailand Alliance in the Indo-Pacific webinar series, a collaboration between the Royal Thai Embassy, Washington, D.C., the East-West Center in Washington, D.C., the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, and the International Studies Center to further promote engagement and better understanding between the United States and Thailand’s respective government officials, parliamentarians, private sectors,  academic and think tank analysts, and the general public.

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