Yingluck to receive degree in NZ
- Published: 14/03/2013 at 06:46 PM
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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will be the first Thai premier to receive an honorary degree from Auckland University of Technology during her visit to New Zealand next week.
Sek Wannamethee, the Foreign Ministry's director-general of the America and Pacific Department, said on Thursday the university had informed the ministry of the award which recognises her prominent role in the international arena and for being the first woman to be voted premier of Thailand.
She will pay an official visit to New Zealand and Papua New Guinea from March 21 to 25.
Ms Yingluck will take at least 30 Thai business people with her on the trip which will seek investment cooperation as well as study cooperation on agriculture.
In New Zealand, Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul will sign a letter of intent on science and innovation in order to pave the way for the exchange of researchers and research work on food security and sustainable agricultural development.
In addition, the Education Ministry will sign an agreement on vocational cooperation.
Mr Sek said Thailand will urge New Zealand to consider waiving visas for Thais in order to help promote tourism in New Zealand.
Less than 20,000 Thai tourists visited New Zealand last year.
In Papua New Guinea, Ms Yingluck will be the first Thai leader to visit the country to create a new dimension for the relationship between the two countries.
Thailand is keen to open more markets with Papua New Guinea which is rich in energy, tuna and forest resources.
Papua New Guinea wants to learn from Thailand's experience in promoting small and medium enterprises, tourism development, agriculture and fisheries.
Thailand will open a Thai corner in the country's university and donate over 100 books about Thailand for students to get a better understanding of their Southeast Asian neighbour, Mr Sek said.
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- Writer: Thanida Tansubhapol