Thai deputy PM to lead delegation to attend trade fair in Cambodia

16:53, February 16, 2011      

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Thai Deputy Prime Minister Trairong Suwannakhiri is scheduled to lead an economic and trade delegation to Cambodia on Thursday, Deputy Commerce Minister Alongkorn Ponlaboot said on Wednesday.

Trairong will be leading mostly Thai businessmen to join the first Thai-Cambodian business summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Alongkorn said in an interview to a local Thai television.

The deputy Thai premier is also scheduled to meet Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen during his one-day visit, Alongkorn said.

A Thai Trade Fair 2011 will also be opened in Phnom Penh during Trairong's visit.

Alongkorn said the economic and trade ties between the two countries should not be affected by the ongoing border dispute, which has erupted with a series of deadly crossfire between Thai and Cambodian soldiers.

Meanwhile, the state Board of Investment (BoI) has postponed indefinitely a planned investment road-show to Cambodia until the border situation returns to normal, BoI Secretary-General Atchaka Sibunruang said on Wednesday.

The BoI had planned to take Thai investors looking for opportunities in Cambodia on a tour there later this month, Atchaka said.

"The road-show plan has to be indefinitely postponed because Thai investors were worried about their safety,"the English- language Bangkok Post online quoted Atchaka as saying.

A large number of investors, particularly those in garment industry, had earlier expressed their interest in the trip, she said.

Source: Xinhua

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