UK Minister for Asia visits Thailand to discuss trade and security ties

Amanda Milling, the UK’s Minister for Asia, wrapped up her trip to Southeast Asia with a three-day tour in Thailand. 

Minister Milling met with Vice Foreign Minister Vijavat to discuss strengthening commercial, digital, and technology links between the UK and Thailand, as well as cooperating on shared issues such as COVID-19 recovery and Indo-Pacific security cooperation. 

With a present trade partnership of over £4.7 billion and over 5,000 British companies exporting to Thailand, the minister focused her tour on building new commercial ties between the two countries. 

This includes the new British International Investment group offering honest, reliable infrastructure finance and organizing a roundtable with significant regional businesses. 

In a meeting with the Minister of Energy Supattanapong Punmeechaow, the minister also discussed UK-Thailand collaboration on energy and infrastructure, and he visited Siam Biosciences, which is the regional production plant for AstraZeneca’s ground-breaking COVID vaccine, which is saving lives and aiding COVID recovery. 

The ongoing situation in Myanmar was also discussed, with a focus on improving humanitarian help and supporting international efforts to settle the issue. Since the coup about a year ago, the UK has already delivered humanitarian aid to roughly half a million individuals. 

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