Today (June 24, 2012) at 17.30, H.E. Mr. Alfa Conde, the President of the Republic of Guinea arrived at the Government House and attended an official welcoming ceremony by reviewing the troops. Then he discussed state affairs with Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, the Prime Minister at Ivory room, Thaikhufah building, the Government House. He also attended State Dinner in the occasion of his state visit to Thailand as a guest of the government at the Outer Santi Maitri building, the Government House. Gist as follows:
The Prime Minister expressed her pleasure and welcomed Mr. Alfa Conde, the President of the Republic of Guinea for of his first-time visit to Thailand. She also expressed her appreciation that the President had been transparently elected by the will of people according to democratic rule. This implied peace in the society. Similarly, the government under the Prime Minister’s leadership was committed to implement an urgent policy aiming at national reconciliation.
The Prime Minister took this opportunity to build economic confidence by stating that Thai economic trend after the previous year’s flood continuously rises and is expected to grow 5.5%-6.5% by 2012. Considering a smooth relationship between Thailand and Guinea, the Prime Minister believed that there is opportunity for two countries to extend trade and investment since trade and investment between two countries are rare due to geographical distance. Thai government has a policy to support several industrial businesses such as agro-processing, technological industry, and eco-friendly industry etc. The Prime Minister viewed the President’s state visit as a good opportunity to introduce Guinea to Thai private sector and state-owned sector, especially when the President of Guinea meets Thai businesspersons who would like to invest in Africa. Moreover, the Prime Minister acquired fields in which Guinea would like Thailand to invest and privileges for Thai investors.
In this opportunity, the Prime Minister and the President of the Republic of Guinea witnessed a signing ceremony of two MOUs namely MOU between the government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the government of the Republic of Guinea on technical cooperation, and MOU on bilateral discussion between Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Guinean expatriates of the Republic of Guinea. The event took place at the Outer Ivory room. The two parties believed that two MOUs will serve as mechanisms to stimulate and extend a relationship between Thailand and Guinea in every dimension.
After the discussion; at 18.35, the Prime Minister invited the President of Guinea to a hall at the Inner Santi Maitri building for Thai cultural performance before attending State Dinner hosted by Thai government in order to honor the President of Guinea and his delegation. The Prime Minister addressed during the State Dinner that the President of Guinea’s state visit marks a historic moment in Thailand-Guinea relationship since he is the first President of Guinea to visit Thailand. In addition, the Prime Minister expected that this state visit will foster high-level exchange visit, cooperation on trade and investment, development, and people-to-people relationship. The Prime Minister was pleased to see a concrete success of the state visit which leads to a new dimension of a strong, stable, and sustainable relationship between the Kingdom of Thailand and the Republic of Guinea.