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1 Songsak Saicheua Director – General Department of American and South Pacific Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand OVERVIEW OF THAILAND - CANADA BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC RELATIONS AND COOPERATION The 1 st Thailand – Canada Business Meeting 20 March 2015 Dusit Thani Bangkok

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5 25.95 THB/1CAD (18MAR15) Thailand Overall Economic Figures

6 Thailand’s Ranking 1 st 2 nd Affordability in cost of living and quality of life (HSBC Expat Explorer Survey 2013) Best Spots for Medical Adventure (Lonely Planet 2010) Overall Expat Experience (HSBC Expat Experience Report 2013) 6 th Dealing with Construction Permits (World Bank Group, Doing Business Ranking 2015) 6 th Thailand Has 6th Largest Urban Area in East Asia (World Bank Group, 2015)

7 Thailand’s Ranking 10 th 28 th 31 st 30 th World’s best places to retire to 2014 ( International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index ) Ease of Doing Business 2014 ( 28 th out of 189, World Bank ) Global Competitiveness Report ( 31 st out of 144, WEF ) World GDP ranking 2013 ( 30 th of 214 economies - World Bank, 16 December 2014 )

8 Thailand’s urban population (the population living in urban areas of more than 100,000 people) increased during this period from 9.3 million to slightly less than 11.8 million. The Bangkok urban area grew from 1,900 square kilometers to 2,100 between 2000 and 2010, making it the fifth-largest urban area in East Asia in 2010, larger than megacities such as Jakarta, Manila, and Seoul. The urban population of the Bangkok urban area grew from 7.8 million people to 9.6 million between 2000 and 2010, a relatively modest annual growth rate of 2.0%. It has the ninth largest population in East Asia. WORLD BANK : THAILAND - COUNTRY FINDINGS THAILAND HAS 6 TH LARGEST URBAN AREA IN EAST ASIA

9 Thailand-Canada established diplomatic relations on 8 November th anniversary of Thailand-Canada relations in 2011 THAILAND- CANADA DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

10 In 1967, Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand paid a visit to Canada and also attended the Expo’67 in Montreal. THAILAND-CANADA RELATIONS: HIGH- LEVEL VISITS Their Majesties visited the Canadian Red Cross Association

11 PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER OFFICIAL VISIT TO THAILAND MARCH 2012

12 There are approximately 10,000 Thai people living in Canada. Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta are the provinces where most of Thai people are. Most of them are engaged in restaurant business. In 2013, there are estimated 250,000 foreign students in Canada. Approximately 1,317 Thai students are studying in high school and University level in Canada. THAI PEOPLE IN CANADA

13 THAILAND’S TRADE PARTNERS 2013 Canada 0.4% Source: Ministry of Commerce

14 – Canada is Thailand’s 32 nd trading partner – In 2014, total trade value is 2, million USD Thailand Exports: 1, million USD Thailand Imports: million USD) THAILAND-CANADA ECONOMIC RELATIONS Source: Ministry of Commerce

15 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand Department of American and South Pacific Affairs Royal Thai Embassy, Ottawa Royal Thai Consulate-General, Vancouver Embassy of Canada to Thailand thailande The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB - Thailand) WEBSITES


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