Australia and Thailand are close, long-standing partners in the same region. We enjoy extensive cooperation in fields as diverse as defence, trade and investment, education, law enforcement, migration, security, counter—terrorism and tourism. Thailand’s chairmanship of ASEAN in 2019 is an opportunity to further highlight and strengthen these ties.
People to people links are at the heart of our relationship and the connections between young people in both countries drive these links. Opportunities for education, work, study and travel in both our countries generate lifelong friendships between our young people, creating openings for innovation, collaboration and prosperity.
Thailand is important to Australia. We work here, study here, invest here, sell our goods and services here, and spend our holidays here – over 800,000 Australians visiting Thailand each year attest to that! Thailand is a key country in our region, the second largest economy in ASEAN and a major transport, financial and tourism hub.
Australia now, with a focus on Thailand as ASEAN chair, is a major platform for enhanced cultural, education and business exchange, which both acknowledges the strength of our historical ties, and points to a bright future for both countries in the world’s most dynamic region.