During the plenary session, Ms. Chulamanee Chartsuwan, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Chief Negotiator of the Thai PCA, presented an overview of the PCA negotiation process and the contents of the draft TH-EU PCA, which covers broad areas of cooperation, including political, security, economic, social and environmental. The PCA will provide clear direction and set cooperation priorities for both parties. Thailand’s commitment to defending the same values important to the EU can also be seen as a favorable condition for the resumption of FTA negotiations with the EU.
During the three thematic discussion sessions on (1) trade and standards, (2) political and security issues and (3) other areas of cooperation, participants were able to familiarize themselves with the project in more detail. of APC TH-EU, exchange views on the areas of cooperation and how to implement and advance this cooperation. They also identified challenges and opportunities for cooperation with the EU.
The seminar, organized for the first time in this new phase of the PCA negotiations, served to flesh out the text of the PCA for the new era of Thailand-EU relations. The ministry plans to hold the continuation of APC stakeholder seminars in 2023.