Thai-BD FOC in city Thursday

DFQF, port connectivity, new MoUs on agenda

Trade issues, including duty-free, quota-free (DFQF) market access, direct port connectivity and signing of a number of new MoUs will be the key agenda at the first-ever Foreign Office Consultation (FOC) between Bangladesh and Thailand to be held here on Thursday.

According to a senior official, bilateral trade, investment and technical cooperation, road, air and seaports connectivity, employment of Bangladeshi workers in Thailand, introduction of Buddhist circuit tourism between Bangladesh and Thailand, cooperation in defence, culture and sports and collaboration in regional for a, including Bimstec, ARF and ASEM are also BD-Thaiamong the agenda of the consultations.

A nine-member Thai delegation, led by Thai Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs (Foreign Secretary) Norachit Sinhaseni, will participate in the FOC between the two countries.

The Thai delegation includes Director General and other senior officials of Department of South Asian, Middle East and African affairs and Director of Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA).

Bangladesh and Thailand signed an MoU on the Establishment of Bilateral Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh and Thailand in 2012 during the visit of Thai former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Under the MoU, the first-ever FOC is going to take place in Dhaka where Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque will lead the home side while his counterpart the Thai Permanent Secretary will head the Thai side.

After the FOC, the Thai Permanent Secretary is scheduled to meet Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali.

The Thai delegation will leave Dhaka later at night.