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Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra leaves for official visit to Australia

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BANGKOK, 26 May 2012 (NNT) – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is due to pay an official visit to Australia during May 26 and 29 to discuss future co-operation and diplomatic ties between Thailand and Australia.

In this Saturday’s government talk show, Ms. Yingluck said she is scheduled to join the 60th anniversary celebration of the Thai-Australian diplomatic relations during her visit.

The premier has also planned to discuss economic co-operation with Australian PM Julia Gillard. However, Ms. Yingluck confirmed that any collaboration must be beneficial to both sides.

The Thai and Australian leaders are to witness the signing of two memorandums of understanding, one on education and the other on an exchange of parliamentary members.

Aside from the MOUs, Ms. Yingluck has planned to ask the Australian government to soften some of the language proficiency requirements for some categories of Thai workers in Australia. The Thai government is also planning to expand food and vehicle accessories exports to Australia by 20 percent in the next five years.

More than 60 Thai businessmen and investors from various industries, including food, property, energy, automobile, health and finance, are said to accompany the premier this time.

Read more: NNT


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