Thai Minister leads successful trade mission to SA        

The Thai Minister of Commerce, General Chatchai Sarikalya, headed a trade mission representing 39 Thai companies to South Africa recently, to seek business partnerships with South African enterprises.

The trade mission, hosted by Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion, and the office of commercial affairs, Royal Thai Embassy, Pretoria, sought to step up existing ties between Thai and South African businesses and highlight opportunities in Thailand.

Noting that South Africa and Thailand had benefited from over 20 years of political and economic relations, the Minister said bilateral trade volumes were increasing steadily, with double digit growth annually. He noted that in addition to tourism, for which the country is widely acclaimed, Thailand is renowned for its food products, which account for three of Thailand’s top 15 exports to South Africa.

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Food products, notably rice products, coconut based products, seafood and beverages, featured prominently in the trade mission.

However, the delegation also included some 39 Thai manufacturers and exporters in the automotive spares, building and construction, furniture, fashion, health and beauty, and orchids and ornamental plants sectors, who held constructive discussions with South African importers, distributors, agents, wholesalers and retailers.

Enquiries related to sourcing products from Thailand can be directed to the Office of Ccommercial Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy, Pretoria at Tel: (012) 342 0835.

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    • Hi Richard.

      Best advice I can give you is to contact the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry. They will be able to give you sound advice and put you in touch with the right people.

      Kind regards

  1. I really appreciate the Events and exposure of the Thai Products.
    My Greatest Concern is the Way Forward.
    First of all is the People to engage with.
    Secondly will be to Pave the Way to Sustainability in the Trade Imports and Exports. The Trust between Individuals from the two Countries.
    I’m With Thai people for many years and Traveled Thailand Numerous times.
    As I’m the Owner of a Thai Restaurant in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, I would like to take up the Opportunity to Partner with Thai Producers and Exporters to Join Together with a Central Warehouse to Stock Thai Imports.
    We Create Jobs for Thai Agents and Sales People in South Africa.
    Make the Availability of the Working Visas Easier Obtainable for Thai People.
    To Market the Products you need the Right People to Demonstrate and make people aware of the Benefits of Thai Products.
    I am Willing to Assist with the Proposal of how to Manage the Way Forward.
    I hope you find it in order and hope to hear from you soon.
    Kind Regards,
    John Hendricks
    Thaifoon Restaurant

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