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.
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.
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