Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra kicks off a five-day visit to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea tomorrow to explore investment opportunities and new ways to cooperate in various sectors.
Ms Yingluck will lead a delegation of ministers, including Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Commerce Minister Boonsong Teriyapirom, Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal, Science and Technology Minister Woravat Au-apinyakul and Industry Minister Prasert Boonchaisuk on the tour.
The premier will visit New Zealand from tomorrow to Saturday to mark the 57th anniversary of relations between the two countries.
The tour is aimed to increase cooperation between the two nations and boost Thailand's competitiveness in science, technology, farm innovation and education.
During the visit, Ms Yingluck will become the first Thai leader to receive an honorary degree from Auckland University of Technology.
Ms Yingluck will also hold talks with New Zealand's premier John Key to boost trade talks under the Thailand-New Zealand Comprehensive Economic Partnership framework.
They will also discuss education links, the place of Thai labourers in New Zealand and cooperation in the tourism and film-making industries.
Ms Yingluck will then pay a two-day visit to Papua New Guinea, where she will explore new investment opportunities for Thai businesses.
The premier will sign three memorandum of understanding agreements, involving bilateral talk mechanisms, cooperation between the chambers of commerce, and industrial federations between the two nations.
Ms Yingluck will ask her PNG counterpart Peter O'Neill to allow Thailand access to the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement between Papua New Guinea and the European Union (EU).
The agreement enables processed seafood to be exported to the EU without tariffs.
Ms Yingluck is also scheduled to meet Papua New Guinea's opposition leader.
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