Thailand and UAE Seek to Boost Trade Ties through Cepa Negotiations which will begin in the Emirates on May 16.
The UAE and Thailand to start negotiations for a comprehensive economic partnership agreement (Cepa) as they seek to boost trade ties.
The first round of negotiations will begin in the Emirates on May 16.
A Cepa deal between the countries will build on growing bilateral non-oil trade, which increased by 21 per cent annually to $6.1 billion last year.
“Thailand is an increasingly important trade and investment partner for the UAE, and a high-growth economy in the heart of an exciting, rapidly emerging region,” said Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade.
“We have enjoyed strong bilateral trade growth in recent years and believe a comprehensive economic partnership agreement will deliver a wealth of opportunity in sectors such as tourism, food security, IT, logistics and financial services.”
Thailand’s economy is the second largest in South-East Asia and is projected to grow by 3.8 per cent in 2023, driven by a rebound in the country’s tourism sector.
The UAE’s principal exports to Thailand are ethylene polymers, gold, vegetable residues, delivery vehicles and parts, and electric batteries, with iron, steel and cosmetics emerging sectors.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s leading exports include office machinery and parts, motor vehicle parts, tyres and aluminium plating.
The Cepa negotiations with Thailand follow the launch of the first UAE-Thai Business Council in February.
The move comes as the Arab world’s second-largest economy forges ahead to develop closer trade and investment relations with partners around the world.
The UAE is working towards signing 26 Cepas as it seeks to diversify its economy.
The agreement with Thailand aims to create new opportunities for trade, services and investment between the two countries and to grow bilateral trade by 10% in the first year of the pact’s implementation.
The total value of two-way trade between Thailand and the UAE in 2022 was US$20.8 billion, increasing by 73.9% from the year before. Exports to the UAE accounted for $3.42 billion, with key products including…
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