The ASEAN-Japan Centre (“Centre”) organized the Thai Ambassador Lecture entitled, “Thailand’s Build Back Better & Wiser in the Post-COVID19 Era” with H.E. Mr. Singtong Lapisatepun, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to Japan on July 15, 2021. Ambassador Singtong delivered the lecture to provide updates on the post-pandemic recovery efforts and strategies of Thailand, including Thai-Japan cooperation and strategic economic partnership on COVID19, latest investment information, trade incentives in the “new normal”, and current information on travel to Thailand, among others. Through the lecture, Ambassador Singtong delivered his strong message that the Thailand-Japan cooperation will be further strengthened in the post-COVID19 era.
The webinar was well attended with over 250 online viewers. During his presentation, Ambassador Singtong emphasized the strategic economic partnership between Thailand and Japan. He pointed out that Japan is the top investor for Thailand and that there are more than 15,000 Japanese companies registered in Thailand. He further stated that the number of overseas Japanese in Thailand, more than 81,000 and comprised mostly of businesspersons, is the second largest in Asia. Moreover, Japan is the top investor in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). Thailand’s Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) economic model, in line with Japan’s carbon neutral policy that aims to generate clean energy, is a priority policy for the country’s post-COVID19 development. Currently, more than 15 Japanese companies have expressed interest to cooperate in the BCG economic model.
Team Thailand led by the Royal Thai Embassy in Tokyo has also been active in the promotion of Thai food products in Japan in the midst of the “new normal”. Since 2020, the Embassy in close collaboration with the Office of Commercial Affairs in Tokyo, the Office of Agricultural Affairs in Tokyo and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Tokyo Office, has organized online and on-site food fairs for selected Japanese companies and media entities with the introduction of the Thai giant freshwater prawn and Thai Hommali rice, and online food photography campaigns to continue the promotion of Thai cuisine.
The Ambassador also introduced the Phuket Sandbox, the tourism reopening plan started by Thai government, where foreign tourists vaccinated against COVID19 are offered with relaxed quarantine measures. They can stay in accommodations that obtain the Amazing Thailand Health and Safety Administration (SHA) Plus certification and can travel freely within Phuket.
For the Question and Answer Session, the Centre has received a number of questions from the pre-registered participants, which Ambassador Singtong thoroughly addressed. Questions on the vaccination roll-out in Thailand, vaccine cooperation between Thailand and Japan, economic recovery measures especially on support for SMEs, the development on connectivities in Thailand and the region.
The webinar received a very high usefulness rating of 99% from 131 post-webinar survey respondents. The Centre will continue organizing the Ambassador Lecture Series going forward, and will invite Ambassadors of ASEAN counties to Japan to provide insights into their countries’ current developments. By doing so, the Centre aims to continuously exchange up-to-date information with respect to the latest economic trends and activities from their ASEAN countries.
Organizer: ASEAN-Japan Centre
Event date: 15July 2021
Time: 14:00-16:00 (Japan Standard Time)
Venue: Online (by Zoom)
H.E. Mr. Singtong Lapisatepun, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand during his presentation.
H.E. Mr. Singtong Lapisatepun (right) together with ASEAN-Japan Centre Secretary General FUJITA Masataka (center)