Trade links between Thailand and Hong Kong look to have strengthened through sideline negotiations at the Asean Summit in Malaysia on Monday (27 April).
At the summit, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha approached Leung Chun-ying, chief executive of the Hong Kong’s Special Administrative Region, with the proposal of increasing direct airline services between the two nations.
Thai Government spokesman Yongyuth Mayalarp told the Bangkok Post that Leung supported the move and promised to proceed with it. Leung added that the value of Thai imports in the Hong Kong market was increasing steadily, with fresh fruit shipments one of the key drivers for this growth.
Following the talks, Chan-o-cha said Thailand could act as a gateway to the South East Asian region, while Hong Kong could provide Thai exporters with another avenue to China, according to the Bangkok Post.