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7th High-Level ASEAN-Italy Economic Dialogue celebrates historic anniversary, highlights sustainability, and strengthens collaborative ties to boost economic relations

H.E. Mr Sihasak Phuangketkeow

The 7th High-Level Dialogue on ASEAN-Italy Economic Relations marked the 155th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Italy in 2023..

On 4 October 2023, H.E. Mr Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, presided over the commencement of the 7th High-Level Dialogue on ASEAN-Italy Economic Relations, alongside H.E. Mr Valentino Valentini, Deputy Minister of Enterprises and Made in Italy. This event marked the 155th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Italy in 2023. It was co-organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand in collaboration with The European House-Ambrosetti, an Italian think tank, and the Italian Embassy in Bangkok.

Group on stage
More than 300 participants from Thailand, Italy, and other ASEAN countries, including policymakers, business leaders, and academics, convened to exchange views on how both regions can navigate new opportunities and address common challenges in the current global landscape. With sustainability and green transition as this year’s theme, key discussion topics included enhancing the ASEAN-Italy supply chain for strategic sectors, addressing climate change, and fostering resilience and inclusive growth through digitalisation and innovation.

H.E. Mr Sihasak Phuangketkeow speech
In his opening remarks, the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs reaffirmed the Thai Government’s commitment to proactive economic diplomacy and encouraged Italian businesses to strengthen their trade and investment ties with Thailand. He also urged ASEAN and Italy to establish new partnerships to ensure that business communities, including SMEs, are better positioned to reap the benefits of the green transition and a thriving digital economy.

Dr. Chadchart

Dr Chadchart Sittipunt, Governor of Bangkok, articulated his vision and objectives for the tourism industry, drawing parallels between Milan and Bangkok. He underscored the significance of Thailand and Italy learning from each other to elevate the tourism sector and emphasised the importance of the quality of life as a crucial aspect of the tourism industry.

During his address, the Governor outlined several guiding policies for collaboration, with a focus on areas such as the environment, health, mobility, safety, management, infrastructure, economy, creativity, and education, all aimed at enhancing the tourism industry.

Business matching

In addition to the High-Level Dialogue, two side events also took place on 3 October 2023. These events included business matching sessions for 50 Thai and ASEAN companies to engage with their Italian counterparts in the renewable energy, pharmaceutical, and sustainable agriculture sectors. A roundtable discussion also centred on the role of the financial sector and private capital in promoting ASEAN-Italy investments.

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