Bangkok: Thailand`s first woman Prime
Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will be the chief guest at
India`s Republic Day parade celebrations on January 26, Thai
Trade Representative Nalinee Thaweesin said here today.
Yingluck, who became Thailand`s first woman prime
minister last July, will arrive in India on January 24 on a
three-day official visit.
During her visit, Yingluck will hold talks on ways to
increase trade and investment opportunities between the two
countries, particularly in energy, petroleum and food
Yingluck is the youngest sister of former premier and
tycoon Thaksin Shinawatra.
Nalinee said Thailand viewed India as a major strategic
economic partner because it was a big market with a population
of more than 1.2 billion people.
Once the Asean economic community takes affect in 2015,
Thailand could become a trade and investment gateway to the
community for India, while India would be a distribution
centre of Thai products to countries in the South Asia region,