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Thailand

(last updated: 01.08.2013)

 

Since 26 December 2008, Andres Unga is the Ambassador of Estonia to Thailand. Ambassador Unga resided in Beijing until August 2012, and is now in Tallinn. Estonia’s consul general in Thailand since 19 February 1999 is Dr. Virachai Techavichi. As of April 2010 honorary consul Piyanoot Hongsyok is operating in Phuket.

As of 17 March 2008, Finland represents Estonia in the issuing of visas in Thailand in accordance with a representation agreement.

Estonia is covered by the Embassy of Thailand in Helsinki. The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Estonia Mr. Rachanant Thananant  presented his credentials on 29 June 2016

Visits and meetings

September 2005 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Thai Deputy Prime Minister Surakiart Sathirathai met in New York within the framework of the UN General Assembly;

March 2006 Thai Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Virachai Virameteekul in Tallinn;

September 2006 Prime Ministers Andrus Ansip and Thaksin Shinawatra met in Helsinki within the framework of the 6th ASEM summit;

May 2009 Foreign Ministers Urmas Paet and Kasit Piromya met in Hanoi within the framework of the ASEM foreign ministers’ meeting;

September 2010 Foreign Ministers Urmas Paet and Kasit Piromya met within the framework of the UN General Assembly;

October 2010 Prime Ministers Andrus Ansip and Abhisit Vejjajiva met in Brussels within the framework of the 8th ASEM summit;

June 2011 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet met with Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya in Gödöllö within the framework of the ASEM foreign ministers’ meeting.

April 2013 Foreign Minister Urmas Paet’s working visit to Thailand.

Parliamentary co-operation

In April 2011 an Estonia-Thailand parliamentary group was created in Riigikogu, with Valdo Randpere as chairman and Reet Roos as vice-chairman. A Thailand-Estonia parliamentary group was formed in the National Assembly of Thailand in the beginning of 2012.

Agreements

  • An agreement for co-operation in the extradition of inmates and the fulfilment of sentences between the Republic of Estonia and the Kingdom of Thailand is in effect; it was signed on 6 September 2000.
  • An agreement abolishing visa requirements for diplomatic passport users between The Republic of Estonia and the Kingdom of Thailand is in effect, it was signed on 27 April 2012
  • An agreement regarding cultural and educational cooperation between the Republic of Estonia and the Kingdom of Thailand is in effect; it was signed on 29 September 2012.
  • An agreement on avoidance of double taxation between teh Republic of Estonia and the Kingdom of Thailand isi n effect; it was signed on 29 September 2012.
  • A co-operation agreement between the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Thailand was concluded on 10 September 2004.

Economic relations

Trade

Trade between Thailand and Estonia 2004-2012 (in euros)

  Export Import Balance
2004 3 199 109 10 126 036 -6 926 927
2005 2 155 048 8 216 497 -6 061 449
2006 10 898 977 9 466 473 1 432 505
2007 1 719 955 12 502 530 -10 782 575
2008 3 684 581 10 951 663 -7 267 082
2009 3 273 170 6 935 808 -3 662 638
2010 8 927 135 10 531 058 -1 603 923
2011 6 266 272 13 926 435 -7 660 163
2012 5 076 372 14 019 253 -8 942 881


Main articles of export in 2012: machinery and equipment, chemical products, animal products, mineral products, wooden products.

Main articles of import in 2012: machinery and equipment, textile and textile products, foodstuffs, metal products, vehicles

Source: Statistics Estonia

Historical relationship

Siam was first mentioned in Estonian writings in professor M. von Engelhardt’s short geographical piece in 1824. In 1849, Thailand (then known as Siam) and its capital Bangkok were mentioned in B. Gildermann’s textbook. The first reports about Thailand (Siam) appeared in “Perno Postimees” in 1857.

Siam, as a founding member of the League of Nations, recognized the Republic of Estonia when it joined that organization on 22 October 1921.

Beginning in 1929, small-scale trade developed between Estonia and Siam. In the years 1924-1939, Estonia’s impor

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