The Maldives and Thailand are to begin the second meeting of their Joint Trade Committee, founded under the two nations’ Trade and Economic Cooperation agreement, this Wednesday.
In a statement, the economic ministry said Thailand’s Minister of Commerce Apiradi Tantraporn will arrive in the Maldives for the committee meeting to be held on Wednesday and Thursday.
According to the ministry, the top executives of 30 export companies of Thailand will participate in the trade committee meeting. The companies include those in the export of furniture, jewellery, food products, spa products and hotel supplies.
The statement added that displays of these companies’ export products will be showcased at Dharubaaruge convention centre in capital Male on Thursday with the opportunity for local entrepreneurs to personally meet with the company executives. Dharubaaruge will be open for businessmen from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. that day.
The Maldives has upped efforts to strengthen bilateral trade relations with Thailand following President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s official visit to Thailand in January this year. The economic ministry had also met with Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce and the nation’s businessmen in January.