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Meeting with the Executive Committee of the Thailand – Armenia Parliamentarians Friendship Group

July 8, 2015

Attendees

Hon. Assoc. Professor Pradit Wanarat – President
Hon. Gen. Rungsard Chamchour – Vice President
Hon. Gen. Winai Srangsukdee – Secretary
Hon. ACM Permkiat Lavanamal – Member of Executive Committee
Hon. Lt. Gen. Suwaroj Tipmongkol – Member of Executive Committee
Hon. Gen. Adulayadej Inthapong – Member of Executive Committee

Accepting an invitation from The Secretariat of the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Consulate of the Republic of Armenia, Mr. Arto Artinian, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia to the Kingdom of Thailand, met with Hon. Assoc. Professor Pradit Wanarat, member of the Legislative Assembly and President of the Thailand – Armenia Parliamentarians Group as well as with all members of Thailand – Armenia Parliamentarians Friendship Group, on Thursday, 2nd of July 2015 at 9:00 hours, at the Reception Room, 2nd floor, National Assembly Building.

The Secretariat of the House of Representatives availed itself of this opportunity to extend to the Consulate of the Republic of Armenia the assurance of its highest consideration.

Honorary Consul Mr. Arto Artinian arrived at the reception room of the National Assembly building and wes accompanied to the meeting room. Hon. Assoc. Professor Pradit Wanarat, welcomed the Armenian Honorary Consul, praising the Thai – Armenian friendship and bilateral relationship adding emphasis on the existing joint efforts and for future initiatives.

Hon. Assoc. Professor Pradit Wanarat also spoke about Thai people’s willingness to know more about Armenia, the interest towards the Armenian people, history, culture, international trade, tourism and showed his fascination for Armenian nation which is known to have excelled in jewelry making.

In turn, Honorary Consul Mr. Arto Artinian thanked Hon. Assoc. Professor Pradit Wanarat and the Committee members for the Invitation and extended his appreciation towards the Thai governments and the Thai people’s hospitality and reassured everyone that he will personally convey the congeniality and the messages of the members of Thailand  – Armenia Friendship Group to their Armenian counterparts during his forthcoming visit to Armenia.

Furthermore, mutual discussions evolved around, the Armenian – Thai jewelry industry affinity, comparisons were made in terms of national heritage, Armenian and Thai jewelry making skills and potential development in relationships, creating possibilities of shared knowledge and learning. Hon. Assoc. Professor Pradit Wanarat also emphasized that jewelry industry is one of the most important domestic industries to the Kingdom of Thailand and noted by all sides that Thailand is managing well to maintain competiveness within the Industry in comparisons with other regional manufacturing countries.

Subsequently the existing volume and growing flow of tourism to and from Thailand and Armenia was discussed. To the question on what would be Armenia’s offering to Thai visitors Honorary Consul Mr. Arto Artinian emphasized on the historical attribute to Armenia’s tourism identity, with the 3000 year old history, relationship with Romans, Byzantines, Persians, Arabs,  Ottomans and the Soviet Union, the Historic monuments in Armenia, churches, temples, ancient religious sanctuaries and archeological sites, as well as pointed out the health Sanatoriums such as Jermuk and Dzaghgatsor, then elaborated to the multinational fabric of the Armenian people elaborating on Armenians of Armenia and Diaspora.

Hon. Assoc. Professor Pradit Wanarat explained and particularized on the current situation in Thailand regarding the transition of governance towards a more advanced system, tackling current challenges with “full energy” as he put it, to make Thailand more accessible for foreigners and urged Armenians to come and visit Thailand, while Honorary Consul Mr. Arto Artinian exemplified his personal example as an Armenian who settled in Thailand 20 years ago because of the benefits which Thailand and the Thai people have to offer in terms of business opportunities, hospitality, personal and business relations, and thanked the Thai government for harnessing the opportunity for foreigners to make Thailand their home and ease the prospects for foreigners to do business in Thailand.

Subsequently in terms of potential of bilateral trade, the clarification was given on the existing Sea and Airfreight trade routes between Thailand and Armenia and potential of Trans Asian Railway line which would create added prospects.

Consequently, taking into consideration the mutual high regard, profound intentions to improve bilateral relations, shared belief and trust, both parties agreed to:

  • Promote mutual visits for Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Groups to and from Thailand to Armenia and vice versa
  • Consider the possibilities of facilitating mutual visits at Presidential and Prime Ministerial Level
  • Consider the possibilities of facilitating mutual visits for Ministerial level
  • Draft an Action Plan, based on the existing cooperation plan drafted in 2005, to revive and refresh existing agreements, commitments and intentions of goodwill.
  • Explore real possibilities to promote bilateral tourism to and from Armenia and Thailand, facilitating the increase of the flow of people between Thailand and Armenia
  • Examine the possibilities of building a shared vision of Hospitality and possibility to export Thai Hospitality standards to Armenia and beyond to Eurasia.
  • Consider the potential of the IT industry development in Armenia and see possibilities of informative visits.

The invitation and meeting between the Thailand – Armenia Parliamentarians Friendship Group and the Honorary Consul concluded with a forward-looking note, with Hon. Assoc. Professor Pradit Wanarat reaffirming his willingness, to consider, review and support a renewed Action Plan and work together towards the improvement for bilateral relations between the Kingdom of Thailand and the Republic of Armenia.

Last modified: March 26, 2018

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