Thais work at an automobile factory (Photo: AFP)

Japanese businesses are still confident of making investments in Thailand as they believe that the country will play a very prominent role in the Southeast Asia region once the ASEAN Economic Community takes shape, according to the Japanese Chamber of Commerce in Thailand.

Representatives of Japanese businesses recently met Thai Minister of Commerce Apiradi Tantraporn to discuss trade and investment in the country.

Akira Murakoshi, President of the Japanese chamber, suggested that Thailand rapidly make preparations to take advantage of the ASEAN Economic Community integration.

He added that ASEAN member countries develop standardised goods inspection points to allow transportation of goods to proceed more swiftly.

Akira said Japanese businesses are willing to help develop the skills of Thai workers in fields where shortage of manpower remains.

He also proposed that channels to link Thai SMEs with their Japanese counterparts be sought, as the said linkage could provide a valuable tool for stimulating the region's economy.-VNA