Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai are paying an official visit to Germany.

During the two-day visit from November 27-28, the PM will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to elevate the Thailand-Germany relations to a strategic partnership, particularly in the fields of the fourth Industrial Revolution, and cooperation on research and technological and human resources development. 

Thailand pays special attention to promoting cooperation with Germany in technical and vocational training, as well as capacity building and skill development for small and medium-sized enterprises and facilitation of startups, thus helping create jobs and promote inclusive growth.

The meeting between the two leaders also aims at enhancing bilateral collaboration during Thailand's ASEAN Chairmanship and Germany's tenure as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 2019 in addressing global issues of common concern to Asia and Europe.

Thailand and Germany will explore opportunities to expand development cooperation under trilateral and ASEAN frameworks as Germany is the only country holding the status of Development Partner of ASEAN.

Thailand will also invite Germany to become a development partner of the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS), with a view to helping Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Thai PM is scheduled to attend the “Thailand-Germany Business Forum: Asia-Europe Partnership for the Future.” He will also meet German CEOs from the rail and next-generation automotive industries, and visit a German research institute specialised in the fourth Industrial Revolution.-VNA