S Korea looks to spur trade
South Korea has suggested Thailand ease restrictions that hinder bilateral trade, saying the time has come for the two countries to look ahead to their post Covid-19 economic ties.
Lee Wook-heon, South Korean ambassador to Thailand, made the proposal during talks with Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak on Thursday.
He said Seoul wants to "maintain the economic drive" that has developed since the official visits of South Korea's president and prime minister to Thailand last year.
Mr Somkid said he also agreed to a business activity ramp-up, arguing Thailand can keep a lid on coronavirus transmissions.
Kobsak Pootrakool, deputy secretary-general for the prime minister, will discuss further steps with the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
"One issue is a call for the government to remove South Korea from its list of countries with a [serious] disease outbreak," Mr Kobsak said.
Thailand imposed various measures to control the spread of Covid-19 in late March.
They have led to satisfactory outcomes but affected a range of activities, including projects and cooperation plans between Thailand and South Korea.
Seoul is aware of the impact of such shutdown measures applied worldwide and has adopted procedures to resume economic activities with China, Vietnam and Hungary while preventing new outbreaks, said Mr Kobsak.