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Nigeria, Thailand to deepen economic ties - Jonathan

20 August 2013, 07:30

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday expressed satisfaction with the increased economic cooperation between Nigeria and Thailand, saying it had gone beyond rice importation and oil export.

The President said this when he received an audience with, a Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, Dr Surapong Tovichakchaikul.

He expressed satisfaction that the ministries of foreign affairs of both countries were already exploring other areas of cooperation to deepen bilateral ties between the two countries.

Jonathan said he looked forward to seeing Thailand become a key partner as Nigeria intensified efforts to develop its agricultural sector with emphasis on rice production.

He called for exchange of trade delegations between the two countries to boost economic relations and foster cooperation among Thai and Nigerian investors.

Jonathan expressed the desire to see improved cooperation between the two countries in the agricultural and solid minerals sectors.

“Nigeria will continue to cooperate with Thailand to make sure that our countries improve economically,” he said.

Earlier, the special envoy, who is also Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, congratulated President Jonathan on his government’s achievements in the past two years

He commended ``the significant achievements'' recorded by the Jonathan's administration in the areas of transportation, electoral reforms, education, gender equality and diversification of the economy.

Tovichakchaikul expressed the Thai kingdom's intention to host a Thai-African initiative in February 2014.

He said that the programme was aimed at promoting trade relations between Thailand and African countries.

-    NAN


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