Foreign Secretary revs up economic and security ties on trip to Thailand

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The Foreign Secretary paid a visit to the Triumph factory in Thailand this morning. Photo credit: Twitter

Liz Truss arrived in Bangkok today (9 November) to forge closer bilateral ties with Thailand and to deepen the UK’s wider role in Southeast Asia.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will meet Prime Minister Chan-o-cha and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai. On the agenda will be boosting partnerships on digital and tech, as well as driving investment and security collaboration.

The UK and Thailand currently have 2-way trade of around £4.7 billion, with more than 5,000 UK businesses exporting to Thailand.

Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss said:

We want to step up our relationship with Thailand and take it to the next level in areas including tech, trade and investment.

We need a deeper relationship that reflects Thailand’s growing economy and positions Britain at the heart of the fastest growing parts of the world.

The Foreign Secretary also formally opened the new British Embassy in Bangkok and visited British business Triumph to promote British businesses in the region.

Triumph has various factories around the world, all 100% owned by the company. Two of these factories are based in Hinckley in the UK. There are three in Chonburi, Thailand, India and one in Manaus, Brazil. Triumph employs around 2,100 people globally, of which around 850 are in the UK with 350 employed in R&D.

Ms Trust tweeted: “At @OfficialTriumph factory in Thailand that produces 70,000 bikes a year. This British business has factories in Leicestershire, Chonburi, Thailand, India and Brazil.

“Closer economic ties deliver jobs and prosperity. #GlobalBritain

The Foreign Secretary will also host a business roundtable with leading British and Thai companies on Building Back Better and sustainable investment.

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