Thailand and France are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) next month on developing high-speed rail here and modernising the State Railway of Thailand's operations and services.
Fre´de´ric Cuvillier, France’s minister delegate for transport, maritime and fishing affairs, says his country is committed to helping Thailand develop its infrastructure. PATIPAT JANTHONG
Fre'de'ric Cuvillier, the French minister delegate for transport, maritime and fishing affairs, said the agreement will emphasise mutual cooperation on transport development.
The two countries must still decide on the private sector's role in developing the project as well as rules and regulations, he said.
The French government is committed to cooperating with the Thai government on developing its 2-trillion-baht infrastructure programme, said Mr Cuvillier.
He said France has a technological edge on its competitors in high-speed train expertise since it has been developing them for decades.
Another advantage is guaranteed safety, which France prioritises in the development process, said Mr Cuvillier.
He said France is committed to developing Thailand as a logistics hub for the upcoming Asean Economic Community.
The minister said his visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral relations in investment, transport and technical cooperation.
The French private sector will be encouraged to provide technical assistance for the project, he said.
Mr Cuvillier arrived in Thailand on Thursday and leaves tomorrow.
His arrival follows a visit by French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and Foreign Trade Minister Nicole Bricq to Thailand in February.
The trip also focuses on supporting projects in which French enterprises are involved, encouraging reciprocal investments in both countries and access to the Thai market for French products and investments.
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