“Jurin” discussed the US Trade Representative at the APEC forum asking the US to release Thailand from the WL list.

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On May 20, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.
Mr. Jurin Laksanawisit, Leader of the Democrat Party Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce Bilateral discussions with U.S. Trade Representative Catherine Tai at Centara Grand at CentralWorld

Mr. Jurin said that the value of trade between Thailand and the United States in 2021 is worth $ 56 billion, or 1.77 trillion baht, is Thailand’s third important trading partner after China and Japan. balance usa and the US is Thailand’s No. 1 export market, with the value of Thai products exported to the US $41 billion, or 1.31 trillion baht. Most of the products sent to the US such as computers and equipment, rubber products, gems and jewelry. Automobiles and automotive equipment, etc.

There are 3 main issues that he discusses with the US Trade Representative.
point one Ask the United States to consider removing Thailand from the Watch List or WL (Watch List) for intellectual property, which will be considered again in September this year. Because in the past, Thailand is considered to have made great progress in implementing the management of intellectual property violations in a systematic and concrete manner. as well as having up-to-date intellectual property laws And there are reports from US representatives who come to monitor the progress of Thai intellectual property protection. The report has been positive with concrete clarity.

Second, he asked the United States to support Thailand as a source of raw material production and investment in both primary and intermediate raw material production for the United States. According to President Biden’s policy called “Supply America”, which was accepted by the US Trade Representative. The raw material will be the intermediate feed to support the next stage of production in the United States. He invited them to invest in Thailand such as Production of batteries used in electric vehicles Investment in raw materials related to food, medicine, investment in semiconductor, etc.

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Third, because this year we are hosting the APEC meeting and the Minister of Commerce. Chairing the 21 Economic Area Ministers’ Meeting, he asked the United States to support the issuance of a joint statement resulting from the meeting. which the United States has no objection

For the issues raised by the US to talk to them, there are 3 main issues.

point one The United States has said it supports Thailand’s hosting of APEC this year and supports the chairmanship of the APEC Economic and Trade Ministers’ Meeting. And most importantly, next year, the United States will host the APEC meeting after Thailand. Please help support as well. and would like to invite representatives from Thailand, both the public and private sectors, and those involved in the meeting with the United States next year.

second point On the topic of the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting, there is a consensus on the picture, including both countries wishing to push for a ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization, known as MC 12. (Ministerial Conference) took place, important issues such as reform of the WTO, the establishment of the appeal organization of WTO to happen ASAP This is important in cases where disputes arise because once the initial dispute resolution body has been decided. can still appeal to the appeals body But at the moment no appeals body has been established. We have to wait for the outcome of the upcoming WTO meeting. which is important in helping to settle disputes between members I agree that this organization should be established as soon as possible.

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Third point On the Indo-Pacific Economic Cooperation Framework and notify Thailand and its acknowledgment and invited Thailand to participate in the declaration of intent to establish the Indo-Pacific Economic Cooperation Framework Up in Paris around June 11, 2022, which he informed that the Cabinet had approved on Tuesday last. Assign the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to submit a request for further participation in the negotiations. As for inviting the Minister of Commerce to attend the meeting during Paris, he was initially informed.

However, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow (21-22 May 65) there will be an APEC Economy and Trade Ministers’ meeting in which the United States will also attend for two days. If there are any additional issues, it will be raised. can discuss further in the meeting again.

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