CHENNAI, 19th July 2018 (NNT) – Deputy Director-General of the Department of Information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Natapanu Noppakhun and Thai Consul General to Chennai, Krongkanit Rakcharoen led a recent delegation of Thai media professionals to visit the Port of Chennai, in the South of India which has long standing links with ASEAN.

Chairman of Chennai Port Trust, Mr. Raveendran revealed that cargo shipments between Thailand and India are growing yearly. Shipping to Thailand from Chennai port increased last year to 5-6 thousand tons; it arrives at the port of Krabi and Khanom. Currently, there are about 52 million tons of cargo leaving the port including containers of around 32 million tons, liquid cargo 13 million tons and another 8 million such as minerals, gypsum and car parts.

The port is planning to open routes to other countries especially ASEAN countries and also a direct route to Thailand. He said that India and ASEAN countries have good relations and there is no problem with trade barriers.

In addition, there are cruises that also leave from Chennai port for the Andaman Sea ports every day, helping to make the relationship between Thailand and India even stronger.

However, cooperation between India and ASEAN about marine time will be examined. On 19-20 July 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India with the Research and Information system for Developing Counties (RIS) / Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and the Natioanl Maritime Foundation are hosting the 10th Delhi- Dialogue on the topic Strengthening the India-ASEAN Maritime Advantage. The event aims to follow up on the relationship between the two regions.

In addition, this year Thailand will take on the role of coordinator of Cooperation India – ASEAN which is a good opportunity for development of ties.

Source : NNT


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