Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thailand and PNG consider further agriculture and tourism exchange

During the week of the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting Prime Minister Peter O'Neill held a series of bilateral meetings with the leaders of APEC partner governments.
In meeting with Thailand's Prime Minister, H.E. Prayut Chan-o-cha (pictured), the two leaders explored opportunities in the areas of agricultural cooperation and considered ways for increased people-to-people contact between Thailand and Papua New Guinea.
Speaking after the meeting, O'Neill said Thailand had significant experience in sectors where PNG was expanding into greater export markets.
"The relationship between Thailand and Papua New Guinea continues to grow with expanding trade and investment, and cooperation in areas such agriculture."
O'Neill also noted that the diversity of Thai culture, from the coastal areas and islands, to the inland areas, had some parallels to PNG when it came to tourism promotion. 
"There are lessons our tourism industry could learn from Thailand's experience in expanding their tourism sector," he said.
"Thailand has created a vibrant tourism sector with that is known throughout the world.
"When tourists visit Thailand they have the opportunity to experience a diversity of Thai culture, and it is interesting to observe how they have marketed this to the world market."
O'Neill said he invited Thailand's Prime Minister to visit Papua New Guinea when the opportunity arose.

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