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Thai PM to visit S. Korea, Hong Kong


18:32, February 21, 2013

BANGKOK, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is scheduled to visit South Korea this weekend to attend Park Geun-hye's inauguration as president and will later visit Hong Kong on Monday, Thai News Agency reported on Thursday.

Yingluck will visit South Korea on Sunday and Monday at the invitation of President-elect Park Geun-hye to attend her presidential inauguration, a significant event showcasing women's engagement in the administration of state affairs.

Thai prime minister will take this opportunity to congratulate the female president of South Korea and will call on Park to jointly promote the development of women's empowerment in the region.

This year marks the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and South Korea.

Moreover, the Thai prime minister also plans to invite the new South Korean president to attend the Second Asia-Pacific Water Summit to be hosted by Thailand in May.

Yingluck will also pay a courtesy call on outgoing President Lee Myung-bak at the presidential residence to bid him farewell, and attend dinner hosted by the speaker of South Korea's National Assembly, Kang Chang-hee, in honor of the Thai prime minister.

On Monday evening and Tuesday, Yingluck will pay a visit to Hong Kong. Yingluck will take the opportunity to emphasize investment opportunities between Thailand and Hong Kong, and will also present Thailand's potential as the major regional connectivity hub.

In addition, the Ministry of Finance together with the Board of Investment of Thailand will hold a parallel event under the theme "Hong Kong Roadshow Thailand's Strategies: A Road Map for Real Opportunities."

The event's activities include a keynote speech by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na Ranong on investment opportunities in Thailand, a seminar to promote investment in Thailand, and meetings between Thailand's executive bankers and financiers and their Hong Kong counterparts.

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