Thailand to remain engaged in resolving Rohingya crisis: envoy

DHAKA Thailand has assured Bangladesh that it would remain engaged on Rohingya issue and continue its efforts to find a durable solution of the crisis.

The assurance was made while newly appointed Thai Ambassador to Bangladesh Arunrung Phothong Humphreys called on Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen at the latter's office here today, a press release said.

During the meeting, Momen thanked Thailand for the humanitarian support extended to the Rohingyas and sought a pro-active role from Thailand on the repatriation issue.

The envoy assured to remain engaged on the issue and convey Dhaka's concerns to her headquarters.

As the outgoing chair of ASEAN, the ambassador informed that Thailand attached top priority to the Rohingya crisis and a durable solution.

Momen said bilateral trade between the two countries is predominantly in favour of Thailand as Bangladesh exports insignificant amount (US$ 44 million in 2018-19 FY) to the Thai market.

He suggested that huge trade imbalance could be minimized, if Thailand invests in Bangladesh where a very investor friendly environment is prevailing. Return on investment is higher in Bangladesh than in any other South Asian country, Momen observed.

Mentioning Thailand's popularity as a destination for medical tourism, Momen said that it would be a win-win venture, if Thai entrepreneurs set up joint venture hospitals in Bangladesh.

He also requested the Thai envoy to organize training sessions and technical capacity building programmes on tourism in Bangladesh.

The Thai envoy informed that her mission here has already sent a proposal to Bangkok to explore the possibility of investing in the healthcare sector of Bangladesh.

She also assured to provide Thailand's technical support in Bangladesh's tourism sector.

Arunrung also informed that the Thai Embassy in Dhaka is planning to hold a Business Forum either in Dhaka or in Bangkok soon.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)