STOCKHOLM – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has invited the Swedish government to invest in Thailand’s logistics and regional transport system, so that Sweden can use Thailand as a gateway to neighboring countries in the region.
Yingluck extended the invitation to Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt during an official visit to Stockholm on Monday.
The two prime ministers had a luncheon meeting on Monday and witnessed the signing of the Law Enforcement Cooperation Agreement and the Second Thai-Swedish Joint Plan Action by senior government officials, PM’s secretary-general Suranand Vejjajiva said.
Yingluck thanked Reinfeldt for the warm welcome. She said she was glad that about 30,000 Thais were now living comfortably in Sweden and had a role in the Swedish economy.
She said Thailand would invest US$66 billion to develop its logistics and transport routes to link neighbouring countries. Yingluck invited the Swedish government to join in the investment and use Thailand as a gateway to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam through the Dawei deep seaport development project and other border special economic zones. According to Suranand, Yingluck expressed interest in learning from Sweden about medical tourism – and the Thai government promised to take good care of Swedish tourists. She said about 350,000 Swedes visited Thailand every year.
The meeting was held at the Sheraton Stockholm Hotel on Monday.