On 11 August 2021, H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, and H.E. Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, will co-chair the 5th Meeting of the Japan-Thailand High Level Joint Commission (HLJC) via teleconference. The Meeting will be attended by relevant economic Ministers of the Thai and Japanese sides and senior representatives from concerned agencies.
The HLJC is a high-level mechanism between Thailand and Japan to discuss policy directions for economic cooperation between the two countries. The HLJC was established in 2015 by then Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, H.E. Mr. Somkid Jatusripitak, and then Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan, H.E. Mr. SUGA Yoshihide, who is presently the Prime Minister of Japan. So far, both sides have convened four Meetings of the HLJC.
On the occasion of the 5th Meeting of the HLJC, H.E. Mr. SUGA Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, as the co-founder and former co-chair of the HLJC, will convey his special message to the meeting.
During the Meeting, the co-chairs and relevant Ministers of both sides are expected to discuss economic cooperation to support sustainable economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, including collaboration between Thailand’s Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economic Model and Japan’s Green Growth Strategy and cooperation for Connectivity Enhancement as well as development of the Mekong Sub-region.
In addition, 4 agreements which will be among the key deliverables of the meeting are expected to be signed. These are:
(1) Memorandum of Cooperation on Postal Cooperation with the objective of enhancing information and data sharing channels and postal service quality between the two countries;
(2) Memorandum of Cooperation in Healthcare, especially in the fields of medical, public health infrastructural development, vaccine, medical device industry, universal health coverage and medical human resource development;
(3) Memorandum of Understanding on Technology Research and Development Cooperation, which will be a framework to deepen collaboration in technologies and innovations of Bio-Circular-Green Economy for sustainable and eco-friendly economic growth based on the complementarities between Thailand’s BCG Economy Model and Japan’s Green Growth Strategy; and
(4) Memorandum of Cooperation on Lean IoT Plant management and Execution (LIPE), which will help Thai manufacturers including SMEs strengthen capacity for the transition from industrial production to smart factory oriented manufacture through human resource development as well as the implementation of technologies, IoT, and data exchanges with reasonable investment.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, as host of the 5th Meeting of HLJC, will broadcast the opening remarks delivered by the co-chairs and the signing and exchanging of memoranda ceremony during the meeting on 11 August 2021, during 11.00-11.14 hrs. (Thailand’s local time) or 13:00-13:14 hrs. (Japan’s local time) via the Ministry’s Facebook Live (http://www.facebook.com/ThaiMFA). The meeting will be conducted in Thai and Japanese languages with consecutive translation.