Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) preparatory to the 7th Bangladesh-Thailand Joint Commission on Cooperation has been held at the State Guest House Meghna this morning (05 July 2017). Mahbub Uz Zaman, Secretary (Asia and Pacific) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs led the Bangladesh side in the Senior Officials Meeting while Krekpan Roekchamnong, Director General (Department of South Asian, Middle East and African Affairs) of the Foreign Ministry of Thailand led the Thai side. Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand and Thai Ambassador to Bangladesh were also present. Representatives of Ministries of Home Affairs, Agriculture, Commerce, Shipping, Civil Aviation and Tourism, Cultural Affairs, Fisheries and Live stock, Economic Relations Division, ICT Division and Bangladesh Economic Zone Authority participated in the meeting. An 18 member delegation composed of officials from different Ministries and Agencies of the Government of Thailand is now visiting Bangladesh to attend the Joint Commission.
The 7th session of the Bangladesh Thailand Joint Commission is being held after an interval of around 19 years. The 6th session of the joint commission was held in Bangkok in 1998, during the first term of the present government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Joint Commission between Bangladesh and Thailand is led by the respective Foreign Ministers of the two countries. Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali, MP, will lead the Bangladesh delegation to joint commission to be held tomorrow 06 July 2017. Don Pramudwinai, Foreign Minister of Thailand will lead the Thai delegation. Thai Foreign Minister will visit Bangladesh from 06-07 July 2017 to attend the joint Commission.
The joint commission will take stock of the current status of bilateral cooperation in different areas including Trade, Investment, Agriculture, Fisheries, Energy, ICT, Tourism, Culture and cooperation in the regional and international fora. The two Foreign Ministers are expected to bring momentum to the existing bilateral cooperation initiatives and chart ways for expanding meaningful cooperation in new areas.