India and Thailand pledge to enhance digital connectivity and also boost trade

India and Thailand pledge to enhance digital connectivity and also boost trade

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New Delhi, Oct 10: India and Thailand on Thursday pledged to enhance connectivity between the two countries including in the areas of physical and digital connectivity.

Both sides also decided to hold the next meeting of Joint Trade Committee to discuss ways and means to enhance trade and investment.

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and his Thailand counterpart Don Pramudwinai during meetings here also identified areas for cooperation in the field of agriculture, science and technology, space, human resource development and capacity building and information technology, an MEA statement said here.

The two Ministries exchanged views on regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest, including cooperation in ASEAN, IORA, BIMSTEC, MGC, UN and other sub-regional and international organizations.

The two Ministers had a 'restricted' bilateral meeting, which was followed by delegation level talks.

Dr Jaishankar tweeted: "Pleased to meet FM Don Pramudwinai of Thailand. Thank him for a very productive Joint Commission Meeting".

During the meetings both sides reviewed the progress made in all areas of bilateral relationship, including political, defence and security, economic and commercial, connectivity, cultural, tourism and people-to-people ties.

Both sides noted that India and Thailand are close maritime neighbours having historical and cultural linkages. In the contemporary context, India’s ‘Act East’ policy is complimented by Thailand’s ‘Look West’ policy.

India and Thailand also noted that bilateral trade has grown by 20 per cent last year and the investment is also growing.

The understandings and decisions of the JCM were concluded in the form of Agreed Minutes of the Joint Commission, which were signed by the two Ministers.Both Ministers also witnessed the signing of MOU between the Foreign Service Institute(FSI), Ministry of External Affairs, India and Devawongse Varopakarn Institute of Foreign Affairs (DVIFA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand, the MEA statement said.
Thailand is the Chairman of ASEAN for 2019 and also country Coordinator for India-ASEAN Strategic Partnership for 2018-21.(UNI)