Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Japan Business Federation Chairman Hiromasa Yonekura pledged to strengthen cooperation in Mekong Basin infrastructure development.

The duo reached the commitment at a meeting in Bangkok on February 16 in the presence of a number of other senior officials of the host country.

Yonekura recognised the important role played by Thailand in the Mekong Basin and called on the ASEAN nation to make more commitment to the region as a step to boost economic integration in the region.

The Mekong Basin consists of all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and six other countries, including Japan .

For his part, Abhisit emphasised the need to make adjustments in the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership (TPP) between ASEAN and six partners from China , Japan , the Republic of Korea , Australia , New Zealand and India .

He also called on Japan to help Thailand in transport, logistics and some other areas which are part of the world’s third largest economy’s advantages./.