Thailand country brief - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Less Bangkok, more Geneva? Security cooperation, human rights and Australia– Thailand relations. Commonwealth of Australia, Department of. Australia–Thailand relations are foreign relations between Australia and Thailand. Thailand is represented through its embassy in Canberra and a consulate. Australia's trade and economic relationship with Thailand has grown strong since the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) came into effect in
Thailand is actively involved in the UN. Thailand joined the Non-Aligned Movement in Bilateral relations Australia and Thailand have longstanding and deep connections. Formal diplomatic relations commenced in We cooperate in a broad range of areas of mutual interest, including trade and investment, law enforcement, counter-terrorism, education, security, migration and tourism.
The bilateral relationship is supported by mutual membership of international and regional organisations. The 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and Thailand was celebrated in The then foreign Minister Julie Bishop conducted a bilateral visit to Thailand in August to meet her counterpart H. Reflecting the extensive cooperation between Australia and Thailand, a treaty-level Agreement on Bilateral Cooperation entered into force on 27 July It provides a framework for future bilateral cooperation in non-trade areas, including security and law enforcement, environment and heritage, science and technology, telecommunications, civil aviation, public administration, energy, immigration, education, culture and social development.
A Memorandum of Understanding MOU on 'Work and Holiday' visas allows nationals of both countries to undertake month working holidays in the other country.
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People-to-people links Our strong bilateral relations are reflected in extensive people-to-people links. Thailand attracts large numbers of Australians for tourism and business — approximatelyAustralians visit Thailand each year. More than 72, Thais live in Australia Census. Australia continues to be a leading destination for Thai students, with more than 30, Thais studying in Australia inplacing Thailand as our 7th largest source of foreign students.
And I am sure the Australian business contingent here tonight will be well placed to demonstrate to potential Thai partners the quality of their products and the great value of doing business with Australian suppliers.
If we are to maximise the mutual benefit of our business links, we need to address the obstacles to stronger growth and even closer economic relations that still exist between our two countries. Thailand has taken on a very impressive reform agenda indeed, but everyone recognises that there is a long and difficult path to be walked before economic recovery takes firm hold.
Many issues addressed in Thailand's response to the economic crisis are also of direct interest to the Australian business community. Reforms to the Foreign Business Law and investment policies;, improved market access generally; changes to business regulation; legal reforms; tax issues; and even visa requirements - all need to be addressed to improve the business environment.
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It is important that the Australian government, in cooperation with Australian business, continues to put our views on these issues to the Thai authorities to seek better outcomes for the mutual benefit of Thai and Australian commercial interests. The primary reason for my visit to Thailand on this occasion is to attend tomorrow's Joint Ministerial Commission meeting in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Mr Vaile and I will meet Dr Supachai and Dr Surin to run through the full range of bilateral foreign and trade policy issues. Bilateral economic relations, and areas where both governments can boost two-way trade and investment, will naturally be a focus of these talks.
We will be looking to business representatives from both countries to contribute ideas on these items. The automotive sector - riding the wave One issue on the commercial agenda during this visit will be measures to strengthen the already close automotive industry linkages between our two countries.
The automotive sector in Thailand has truly distinguished itself. It is well recognised that, rather than devoting resources into the development of a national car, Thailand has benefited from its foresight in seeking to encourage the world's leading manufacturers to establish a presence here.
As a result of this policy, and strategic investments over several years by international car and parts producers, Thailand is well on the way to becoming a manufacturing hub for auto products in Southeast Asia. The surge in recent Thai auto exports to Australia reflects this. Thai one tonne truck exports to Australia now make up around 80 percent of the Thai retail sales market for these vehicles, while the great majority of four wheel drive vehicles sold in Australia come from this country.
These trends highlight Australia's importance as a market to Thailand and other countries in the region. However, the Australian Government is committed to ensuring this trend goes both ways and that a good part of this increased trade involves higher exports of Australian products to the region.
The growth has been largely due to Thai exports, and we would naturally like to see the Australian automotive export figures grow more strongly. While Australian autos tariffs are low and continue to fall, Thai barriers to imports remain high. We welcome the decision to eliminate local content requirements from 1 January next year, and we will continue to seek improved access for competitive Australian automotive products through tariff reductions on components.
When we approach the Thai government on these issues, we will be emphasising the mutual benefit of greater Australian participation in the local automotive industry. This is because we believe Australia's auto industry directly complements that of Thailand. Thailand has the installed capacity, while Australia is an internationally-competitive and world-class supplier of research and development, and has expertise in limited volume production.
It is a classic example of how greater two-way cooperation will help meet the needs of Thai industry, and also address the current imbalance in bilateral automotive trade. In business meetings a business shirt, tie and proper footwear is essential for men. Formal dress codes applies for women also. Casual wear should not be worn to business meetings. When addressing others, Thais use Khun followed by a person's first given name.
Most Thais also have a nickname, which may be used in place of their given name.
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The exchange of gifts is widely practiced in business dealings in Thailand and should be reciprocated. Gifts are given to those visited for the first time and signify friendship and an appreciation of hospitality. Gifts are opened in privacy, not when received.Australia and Thailand Travel - 2016
Gifts do not need to be expensive but a generosity of spirit will help build a strong relationship with your partners. Expensive gifts may constitute an offence if given unnecessarily and with the intention to obtain or retain business or a business advantage. Australian businesses should familiarise themselves with anti-bribery legislation.