I am delighted to express my warmest greeting to all readers and members of the Belgian-Luxembourg / Thai Chamber of Commerce (BeLuThai) and extend my best wishes for your good health in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic.
As my assignment in Brussels is almost winding down, permit me to leave you with some departing thoughts.
Thailand’s relations with Belgium and Luxembourg as well as with the EU and the rest of the EU member states stand on a very solid foundation nurtured for over hundreds of years by close contacts and exchanges at the highest levels, through active and dynamic business and investment ties and through a wide array of people-people contacts. BeLuThai has and will continue to play a key role in further fostering these ties of friendship through its business, investment and social networks. I have been fortunate to work with BeLuThai in many of its business, academic and social activities since my arrival in Brussels in 2017 and have witnessed BeLuThai’s catalytic role in business-match making and creating better understanding and awareness of new developments in Thailand, Belgium, Luxembourg and Europe that could open up business opportunities for its members.
Last year, the Royal Thai Embassy, in cooperation with the BeLuThai and the Thai Chamber of Commerce, organized a trade and investment promotion seminar in Bangkok with the esteemed presence of the Ambassadors of Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Netherland, and the European Union to Thailand who kindly served as panelists. We can certainly build on such initiatives to further promote business and investment opportunities and prepare our respective countries for dispatching trade or business delegations when the opportunity arises or through video-conferencing.
In the meantime, I am pleased that important steps have been taken towards concluding a Thai-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) and on the possible resumption of Thai-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations, following the welcomed conclusion of the Council of the European Union on 14 October 2019. BeLuThai has and can play a role in raising awareness to its members as these developments progress further.
In view of the unprecedented challenge from the coronavirus on public and economic health, the work of BeLuThai will become ever more crucial to our mutual recovery and development. The Royal Thai Embassy stands ready to work closely with BeLuThai in serving as a bridge between businessmen and investors from both sides as they wander through the maze of the new normal business life and as new policies unfold in the European Union, such as European Green Deal, Digital Europe and a lot of other initiatives taken by the European Union.
Last but not least, I wish to congratulate BeLuThai for the launch of its new “Be Connected” online newsletter which will certainly be another valuable platform for all of us to stay connected!
May I also extend my best wishes through you to Ambassador Jean-Paul Senninger and welcome the arrival of Ambassador Sibille de Cartier to BeLuThai circle.
With my very best wishes,