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Joint Press Statement between Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and President Ollanta Humala Tasso

Introduction

1. On 5th October 2013, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of Thailand welcomed President Ollanta Humala Tasso of the Republic of Peru on his official visit to Thailand. Prime Minister Yingluck expressed appreciation for the Peruvian Governmentís decision to strengthen its relations with Thailand as a strategic partner in Southeast Asia. For his part, President Humala welcomed Thailandís recognition of Peru as a strategic partner in South America.

2. President Ollanta Humala Tasso conveyed his warmest wishes to Their Majesties the King and Queen of Thailand and the members of the Royal Family and expressed his appreciation to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for the audience and the luncheon graciously hosted.

3. Both leaders underscored the importance of responding to the aspirations of the people and, as heads of democratically elected governments. They expressed their commitment to advancing democracy, the rule of law and social inclusion. President Ollanta Humala expressed confidence in the political stability and economic dynamism of Thailand, and the efforts carried out to achieve those objectives. For her part, Prime Minister Yingluck commended the consolidation of the Peruvian democratic and economic model.

Enhancement of Bilateral Relations

4. Both leaders attached great importance to deepening their bilateral partnership through political, economic, social, cultural, and technical cooperation. During the official discussions, the two leaders reviewed a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues. They expressed great satisfaction with the existing strong bilateral relations between Thailand and Peru, that will continue to build up and intensify based on their common purpose to achieve stability and peaceful development in the regional and international scene. They agreed that the common bilateral agenda is a positive mechanism that ensures the continuity of their relations.

5. In that context, the governments of Thailand and Peru agreed that the Strategic Partnership between the two countries reflects the commitment to increase their trade, investment, cultural interchange, cooperation in science and transfer of technology, that allows them to structure an economic complementarity at the national and regional level and strengthen their coincidences in issues of mutual interest.

6. Both parties stressed the importance of the Peru-Thailand Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation and the Meeting of Technical Cooperation for Development as fundamental mechanisms, of mutual interest and benefit, to enhance their Strategic Partnership. In this context, they welcome the upcoming meetings of the two mechanisms on mutually convenient dates and venue agreed upon by both sides in 2014, in Bangkok.

7. The two sides congratulated each other on the forthcoming celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Thailand and Peru on 10th November 2015, and pledged to work closely together in order to initiate activities to celebrate such auspicious occasion.

Official Visit

8. Prime Minister Yingluck expressed her appreciation for the invitation extended by President Humala Tasso to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to pay an official visit to Peru. In addition, Prime Minister Yingluck would consider the invitation extended to her by President Humala Tasso to pay an official visit to Peru on mutually convenient dates to be coordinated through diplomatic channels.

9. Both leaders attached importance to the exchanges of high-level visits between Thailand and Peru in order to build upon the spirit of friendship and move forward the cooperative endeavours between the two countries. In this regard, they highlighted the dynamic relations between the Parliamentarian Friendship Groups of both countries

Trade and Investment

10. The two leaders announced the successful conclusion of negotiations of the Thailand-Peru Free Trade Agreement, and considered it as an important milestone in the strengthening of the Strategic Partnership between both countries and developing further their bilateral relations. They highlighted the FTA as a comprehensive agreement that will substantially reinforce the economic links, and enhance trade and investment between both sides as well as promote each country as a gateway to their respective regions.

11. Both leaders agreed to encourage their public and private sectors to take advantage of the benefits of the FTA. They emphasized that private sector has been instrumental in enhancing trade and investment between Thailand and Peru. They agreed that the exchanges of private sector visits as well as business missions should be further encouraged.

Science and Technology

12. Both leaders reaffirmed their intention to enhance science and technology cooperation by means of promoting networking between different agencies and institutes, as well as the exchange of researchers, expertise and knowhow in the areas of agriculture, meteorology, technological innovation, aquaculture, and biotechnology, among others.

Countering Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking

13. Both leaders recognized the need to enhance collaboration at the bilateral and multilateral levels to counter organized crime and drug trafficking, which represent serious threats to health, safety, security, and sustainable development of the two countries and their peoples. They underscored the importance of the establishment of networking between the agencies concerned of Thailand and Peru, and expressed the preparedness of their Governments to exchange information, and expertise, as well as organize seminars and workshops on topics of mutual interests.

Environment

14. As leaders of multi-diverse nations, they reaffirmed their commitment to increase closer cooperation in the fields of environmental protection, so as to alleviate the impact of climate change and natural disasters, which were viewed as global challenges and required urgent action. They expressed their agreement to cooperate on environmental matters by organizing joint conferences, seminars or workshops, sharing information on national environmental programs as well as facilitating linkages among agencies concerned. In addition both leaders expressed the readiness of their governments to enhance cooperation on reaching a universal agreement on climate change by 2015, noting that the 20th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place in December 2014 in Lima, Peru.

Tourism

15. Both leaders reaffirmed the potential of expanding cooperation in tourism and its related service sector. In light of the Thailand-Peru Agreement on Tourism Cooperation signed in 1996, the two leaders expressed their Governmentsí preparedness to organize a Thai Tourism Festival in Peru, as well as a Peruvian Tourism Festival in Thailand, with the aim of promoting rural community tourism, tour packages, food and trade. In addition, both leaders attached importance to connectivity and the promotion of air linkages.

Technical Cooperation

16. The two leaders noted with appreciation the excellent relationship existing between the Peruvian Agency for International Cooperation (APCI) and the Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA). The Thailand-Peru Development Program 2012-2013 has been a key mechanism to carry out a series of cooperative activities between Thailand and Peru. Both leaders welcomed the formulation of the Thai-Peruvian cooperation Program 2014-2015 which includes a wide range of technical projects, such as aquaculture, natural dyeing technology, fish processing, shrimp production, tourism and small and medium enterprises.

Education

17. Both leaders recognized the need to strengthen collaboration in the field of education to create more awareness and better understanding between the two peoples and build human capacities. The two leaders encouraged the promotion of extensive networking between universities and scholars of the two countries through the exchanges of study visits, training courses on topics of mutual interests and the grant of scholarships to students in universities, which would serve as an important instrument to foster people to people ties. They also instructed their cooperation agencies to study ways to enhance cooperation in the academic area for government officials.

Signing of Agreements

18. The two leaders welcomed the signing of 4 agreements, namely:
(1) Treaty between the Kingdom of Thailand and the Republic of Peru on Transfer of Sentenced Persons and Cooperation in the Enforcement of Penal Sentences;
(2) Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Matter of Health between the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand and the Ministry of Health of Peru;
(3) Memorandum of Understanding between the Board of Investment (BOI) and PROINVERSION of Peru concerning Cooperation on the Promotion of Bilateral Investments; and
(4) Memorandum of Understanding on Nuclear Cooperation between Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology (TINT) and the Peruvian Nuclear Energy Institute (IPEN)

Regional and International Cooperation

19. Both sides recognized the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) as the premier forum that would contribute and intensify cooperation and discussion between Latin America and East Asia. President Humala Tasso commended Thailand for assuming the role as the East Asia Coordinator of FEALAC. Prime Minister Yingluck reaffirmed the Government of Thailandís commitment to work closely with Peru and all FEALAC members to reinforce this forum. President Humala welcomed Thailandís offer to host the 15th FEALAC Senior Officials Meeting in June 2014 in Chiang Mai, as well as the sideline events such as a business roundtable, academic networking and a tourism event to complement FEALAC activities.

20. Both leaders reiterated their commitment to promote regional cooperation, such as ASEAN-Pacific Alliance and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). President Humala thanked Thailand for its valuable interest in enhancing cooperation between ASEAN and the Pacific Alliance, which is making steady progress.

21. Prime Minister Yingluck acknowledge the policy of the Peruvian Government in promoting the dynamism of the Asia-Pacific region, and in that regard underscored the hosting in Peru, for a second time, of the APEC Summit Meeting in 2016. Both leaders reiterated that they look forward to working closely under the framework of APEC.

22. Prime Minister Yingluck commended the Peruvian Government for hosting the 2nd APEC Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry on 14th -16th August 2013, which successfully addressed the issues of natural resources and environmental conservation in the Asia-Pacific region.

23. Both leaders appreciated each otherís continued and cordial support in the area of elections in international organizations. The Governments of Thailand and Peru agreed to exchange support for their candidatures to the non-permanent seat of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for the term 2017-2018 for Thailand and the term 2018-2019 for Peru.

Conclusion

24. President Humala Tasso expressed his appreciation to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and to Prime Minister Yingluck, the Royal Thai Government and the people of the Kingdom of Thailand for the warm and generous welcome, as for the hospitality accorded to him and his delegation during the visit.