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Thai Ambassador release Ghy trade fair brochure
Published on 26 Nov. 2009 11:26 PM IST
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The northeast is poised to become the country’s gateway to south-east Asia in the true sense of the term with Thailand planning to make Guwahati its hub for conducting trade and business with India. The announcement was made by Thai ambassador to India Krit Kraichitti in New Delhi on Wednesday while releasing the brochure of 17th International Guwahati Trade Fair (IGTF) 2010. Kraichitti unveiled the brochure before a packed house at the Thailand pavilion at the ongoing India International Trade Fair in Pragati Maidan. The 17th edition of IGTF, which will be held in January-February next year in Guwahati, is organised by Industries and Trade Fair Association of Assam (ITFAA), with the support of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles. The Thai ambassador said that they were going to open an office of Thailand government in Guwahati to facilitate bilateral trade between Thailand and India, particularly the northeastern states. ITFAA vice-president Rajesh Das requested the Thai ambassador to take the initiative for introducing a direct flight between Guwahati and Bangkok by Thai Airways. Responding to that, Kraichitti assured that he will take up the issue with the Prime Minister of Thailand on a priority basis. Kraichitti further said that apart from air connectivity, there is also a pressing need to improve the road connectivity between the Bangladesh-India-Myanmar-Sri Lanka-Thailand Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) countries. “Improved road connectivity between the Bimstec countries will greatly help the socio economic condition of northeast India because the region shares international border with most of these countries,” Kraichitti said. The Ambassador will make his maiden visit to northeast during the 17th International Guwahati Trade Fair next year. Around 40 companies from Thailand will participate in the trade fair under the banner of Department of Export Promotion (DEP) Royal Thai Government. Commercial counsellor of Royal Thai embassy Tharadol Thongruang, ITFAA vice-president Rajesh Das, ITFAA secretary Rajeev Das and senior diplomats from Royal Thai government, among other dignitaries were present at the function.

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