Mr Duangarthit Nidhi-U-Tai, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Trade Negotiations headed the Thai delegation while Ambassador Markus Schlagenhof from Switzerland acted as the EFTA Spokesperson.
Experts and heads of delegations met in different groups to discuss trade in goods, rules of origin, trade facilitation and customs cooperation, sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS), technical barriers to trade (TBT), trade remedies, trade in services, investment, e-commerce, intellectual property rights, competition, government procurement, trade and sustainable development, technical cooperation and capacity building, general, final and institutional provisions and dispute settlement.
Discussions were constructive and helped pave the path towards the conclusion of a comprehensive and ambitious free trade agreement. Delegations agreed to hold the next round in Geneva in October 2022.
Economic relations between the EFTA States and Thailand
Bilateral EFTA-Thailand merchandise trade has more than tripled since 2002 and reached more than USD 3.27 billion in 2021. EFTA’s main exports to Thailand in 2021 were fish, pharmaceutical products, and clocks and watches. For the same year, merchandise imports from Thailand consisted mainly of iron and steel structures and parts, machinery, and electronics. Read more about merchandise trade between EFTA and Thailand here.
You can find EFTA’s objectives in the free trade negotiations with the Kingdom of Thailand here.
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