Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will use the Asean summit and related meetings to stress the importance of regional connectivity in three areas: software, hardware and people-to-people contact, says Arthayudh Srisamoot, Thailand’s director-general for Asean.
Mr Arthayudh said an Asean+3 (China, Japan and South Korea) leaders’ statement would stress their commitment to projects promoting connectivity through existing channels, including cooperation on finance, energy and agriculture.
China, he said, would emphasise infrastructure development, while Japan would stress trade facilitation as its businesses have invested a lot in Asean but still face difficulties related to trade and investment regulations and travel. South Korea will stress sustainable development and clean energy, he said.
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