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Thai PM to outline Asean agenda at G20

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Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha attends the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit plenary session in Bangkok, Thailand, June 22, 2019. The 34th ASEAN Summit, which is chaired by Thailand and will last until Sunday, will discuss the affairs of the 10 member countries, the current status of the ASEAN community and its future tasks. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

BANGKOK (Bangkok Post) – Ahead of this week’s G20 meeting, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha reaffirmed Thailand’s and Asean’s support of rule-based, free and open multilateral trading.

Deputy director-general of the Department of International Economic Affairs Nikorndej Balankura said the prime minister will share the region’s vision, which was further discussed at last weekend’s Asean Summit in Bangkok.

Leaving on Thursday, Gen Prayut will attend the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, on Friday and Saturday in his capacity as prime minister of Thailand and the chair of Asean.

“Thailand’s agendas are the result of planning for the short-, middle- and long term in order to create continuity. We will bring the results from the 34th Asean Summit to clarify and query the G20 [leaders],” Mr Nikorndej said.

The 34th Asean Summit was held last Saturday and Sunday in Bangkok. Important issues adopted include the Asean Outlook on the Indo-Pacific; the Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in the Asean Region; the Asean Framework of Action on Marine Debris; and the Asean Leaders’ Vision Statement on Partnership for Sustainability.

The meeting also discussed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) – a proposed free-trade agreement between the 10 Asean nations and Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea – which can be expected this year.

The G20 Summit, dubbed as the “premier forum for international economic cooperation” incorporates a group of regions and countries that account for more than 80% of global GDP.

On the sidelines, Gen Prayut will hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Australia, Japan and India, Mr Nikorndej added.

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