Call To Boost Bilateral Trade In Malaysia-Thailand Border Areas

Last update: 14/09/2017

By Mohd Haikal Mohd Isa

BANGKOK, Sept 14 (Bernama) -- Malaysia and Thailand want to enhance bilateral trade ties, especially in the border areas and are studying several proposals to achieve the goal, said Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani.

One of the proposals, he said, involved further facilitating the movements of goods and containers from Songkla Port in southern Thailand to Penang Port.

"The Thailand government is excited about this proposal as the distance between the two ports is 260 kilometres, or four hours of travel," he told Bernama after delivering the keynote address at the business forum here today.

The forum, which is jointly organised by the Malaysia-Thailand Business Council and Thailand-Malaysia Business Council, was held in conjunction with the three-day visit to Thailand by the Kuala Lumpur Business Club (KLBC) headed by its President Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz who is also the CIMB Group Chief Executive Officer.

Earlier, Johari and the KLBC entourage paid a courtesy call on Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak at his office.....