Thai PM Seeks Japanese Investment in EV Industry


Thailand'sThailand's Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is embarking on his inaugural visit to Japan since assuming office to encourage leading Japanese car manufacturers to invest in Thailand’s growing electric vehicle (EV) industry. His trip coincides with the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation Commemorative Summit. Accompanying the 61-year-old Thai premier on this journey are several Cabinet ministers, including Parnpree Bahiddha-Nukara, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit. Prior to departure, PM Srettha conveyed his agenda and hopes for the trip during an address to the Royal Thai Air Force’s Wing 6.

"We have a range of agendas to cover, including a meeting scheduled with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet. Additionally, I've received a private dinner invitation from Prince Abdul Mateen of Brunei, who is set to marry next month. Crucial discussions with major Japanese companies, specifically in the automotive sector like Panasonic and others, are part of the plan. My goal is to encourage increased investment, especially in Thailand's EV industry".

The Prime Minister, who hails from Bangkok, also disclosed that several influential Thai business leaders would accompany him on the trip. They will engage in talks with their Japanese counterparts, including Pornwut Sarasin, President of Honda Automobile Thailand, and Kalin Sarasin, Chairman of Toyota Motor Thailand Co’s Board of Directors. When asked about Thailand’s economic prospects, PM Srettha conveyed his optimism, affirming that the country anticipates a path toward economic recovery. He emphasized the government's responsibility to meet the expectations of over 60 million people.

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