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Thai PM commits to halal programme

16-Oct-2012

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has pledged that her country will commence production of halal food for distribution across the world.

The Thai premier made her remarks at a reception she hosted on Monday for Thai and Kuwaiti business communities as she arrived in Kuwait for a three-day visit.

Yingluck said that the two countries have had a close relationship for nearly 50 years, and the value of mutual trade between the two has increased by 185% over the past five years.

Regarding economic cooperation Yingluck highlighted the concept "Kitchen to the World". She said that Thailand's exports of halal food have increased by 30% over the last year, and a standardised halal production zone has been established in Thailand’s southern region.

Thailand expects Kuwait to co-operate commercially in producing and exporting the halal products.

In return, the Thai businesspeople who accompanied Yingluck during the trip are reported to be keen to invest in Kuwait’s energy, public health and tourism industries.

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