Thai-Australian bilateral trade and cultural connections discussed

| December 15, 2018

Members of the Thai Australia Network (TAN) Board together with Philip Dalidakis MP met with Allan McKinnon PSM, Australian Ambassador-Designate to Thailand during his visit to Melbourne last week.

Commenting on the meeting, Dr Simon Wallace, Royal Thai Consulate General and TAN Chairperson said the event had been an excellent opportunity for Ambassador-Designate to meet with members of the Board and discuss many of the bilateral trade and cultural connections that underpin the harmonious and long-established relationship between Australia and Thailand.

Philip Dalidakis also took the opportunity provide both a personal and Victorian perspective on the many successful initiatives introduced by the State Government that have enhanced trade and cultural appreciation both locally and in Thailand.

Ambassador – Designate McKinnon expressed his appreciation to TAN and Philip Dalidakis for the opportunity to meet with them and was confident that good outcomes would continue to flow from the proactive relationship between Australia and Thailand.

The Ambassador – Designate appreciated the perspective and insight Richard Lovell provided on the activities both in Thailand and internationally of Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) – one of Thailand’s largest and most successfulcorporations.

Both Philip Dalidakis and Richard Lovell also took the opportunity to discuss matters relating to food safety, labelling and prospects for further bilateral opportunities in the future.

Mr Lawit Sawadirak of Thai Airways and Mr Kumpee Ratanachodpanich of Bangkok Airways spoke at length about inbound / outbound tourism and business plans of the respective major carriers.

In bringing the lunch to a close, Dr Wallace wished Ambassador – Designate McKinnon every success for the future and affirmed TAN looked forward to continuing to support Thailand Australia relationships and connectivity.