Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra plans to call on South Korean president-elect Park Geun-hye to promote women's empowerment in Asia at Park's inauguration.
Yingluck is to visit South Korea Sunday and Monday to attend the inauguration of Park, who is to become South Korea’s first female president.
She plans to congratulate Park at Monday's inauguration and mark the occasion as “a significant event showcasing women’s empowerment in the administration of state affairs,” the Thai News Agency reported
This year marks the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Thailand and South Korea.
In addition to urging her South Korean counterpart to “jointly promote the development of women’s empowerment in the region,” Yingluck would reaffirm the incoming president as Thailand’s “strategic partner”, it said.
With South Korea’s considerable success in water management, the Thai leader also plans to invite the new president to attend the Second Asia-Pacific Water Summit to be hosted by Thailand in May.
PM Yingluck will also pay a courtesy call on outgoing President Lee Myung-bak at the presidential residence to thank him for his constant efforts to strengthen the mutual relations between the two countries and to bid him farewell, and attend dinner hosted by the Speaker of South Korean’s National Assembly, Kang Chang-hee, in honour of the Thai prime minister.
On Monday evening and Tuesday, Yingluck will make a state visit to Hong Kong at the invitation of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. The PM will take the opportunity to emphasise investment opportunities in Thailand formulated under the national strategies in order to draw leading investors and financiers from Hong Kong, and will also present Thailand’s potential as the major regional connectivity hub.
The Ministry of Finance together with the Board of Investment of Thailand will hold a parallel event under the theme “Hong Kong Roadshow “Thailand’s Strategies: A Road Map for Real Opportunities”.
The event’s activities include a keynote speech by Deputy Prime Minister/Finance Minister Kittiratt Na Ranong on investment opportunities in Thailand formulated under the national strategies, a seminar to promote investment in Thailand, and meetings between Thailand’s executive bankers and financiers and their Hong Kong counterparts.