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  • Royal Thai Embassy in Madrid Organizes Mobile Consular in Valencia, Spain New
    During 12 – 13 January 2019, the Royal Thai Embassy in Madrid organized Mobile Consular Project to provide consular service to Thai community in Valencia. The project is a great opportunity for the Embassy to visit the Thai community in the said region as well as to exchange ideas on ways to organize activities that will benefit the Thai community in Valencia and nearby cities namely Alicante, Dénia, Benidorm and Valencia.
  • EU Announced the Lifting of a Yellow Card for Thailand
    On 8 January 2019, the EU formally announced the lifting of a yellow card for Thailand in recognition of the substantive progress Thailand has made in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing since 2015. The yellow card issued by the EU prompted Thailand to overhaul its entire fishing industry to meet international standards. Representing the Thai government, General Chatchai Sarikulaya, Deputy Prime Minister, travelled to Brussels to take part in the joint press conference with H.E. Mr. Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. During the press conference, he emphasised the successful cooperation between Thailand and the EU in combatting IUU fishing, which encompasses legal reform, fishery management, fleet management, monitor, control and surveillance, traceability and law enforcement. These measures led to the EU’s acknowledgement that Thailand possesses one of the most effective systems for combatting IUU fishing in the region, which can serve as a model for other states facing similar problems. The Deputy Prime Minister stated that, in its capacity as ASEAN Chair this year, Thailand will give priority to promoting sustainability in all dimensions, including sustainable fishing, which will be one of the deliverables during Thailand’s ASEAN Chairmanship. He also proposed enhancing the existing cooperation with the EU on all dimensions of marine sustainability, particularly the conservation of marine resources and marine environment. This in turn will help the region attain Goal 14 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which is to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. Moreover, the Deputy Prime Minister has underscored the importance that Thailand attaches not only to sustainable fishing, but also to ethical fisheries practices. Thailand has pledged to ensure that the working conditions in its domestic fishing industry meet the International Labour Organization (ILO) standards and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Thailand will also take lead by becoming the first country in Asia to ratify the ILO Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (C188) by the end of January 2019. On the same occasion, the EU Commissioner of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission praised the hard and honest work undertaken by Thailand which has enabled Thailand to carry out its international obligations to comprehensively fight IUU fishing. He also commended the success of Thailand in tackling IUU fishing in all dimensions and the accomplishment of the Thai government to address the labour issue in the fisheries sector. These efforts have resulted in the comprehensive reform and an overhaul of the entire fisheries sector of Thailand. Today’s announcement epitomised the successful cooperation between the EU and Thailand which would not cease after the lifting of the yellow card. Indeed, the EU and Thailand will continue the fight against IUU fishing both at the regional level as well as to promote ocean governance at the global level accordingly. Prior to the joint press conference, the Deputy Prime Minister attended a bilateral meeting with Commissioner Vella to exchange views on possible future cooperation on promoting sustainable fishing and marine sustainability. At a reception for European importers of Thai seafood products on 9 January 2019, the Deputy Prime Minister, in his statement, will reassure the importers that Thai seafood products and marine animals are IUU free. Thailand will provide reassurances of its being a flag state capable of managing its vessels both inside and outside Thai waters, a coastal state that can allocate resources effectively, a port state that can prevent illegal vessels from landing their catches inside its territory, and a market state that has no aquatic animals derived from IUU fishing in its entire production and processing lines for exportation.
  • Thai delegations visited Spain
    During the end of November and early December 2018, the Royal Thai Embassy in Madrid received delegations of Thai dignitaries who visited Spain for Meetings with their Spanish counterparts to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries. The first visit was that of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly (NLA) who held a Meeting with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Spain on 28 December 2018. At the meeting, both sides shared information on their agricultural sector. A delegation of the Office of the Traffic and Transport Policy and Planning met with Coslada Dry Port and TMZ of Zaragoza Dry Port on 3 and 5 December 2018, respectively. The purpose of the visit was to learn from the Spanish experience in developing its dry ports which could be a model for Thailand’s dry port infrastructure development projects. In addition, the Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Labour of Thailand’s NLA met with the Chamber of Commerce of Madrid on 4 December 2018 and, with the Committee on Industry, Commerce and Tourism of the Chamber of Deputies of Spain on 5 December 2018. At the Meetings, both sides discussed on the strengthening of Thailand-Spain trade and investment ties. Lastly, on 12 December 2018, the Standing Committee on Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand’s NLA met with Barcelona City Council to learn from Barcelona its best practices in urban planning. On 14 December 2018, the delegation met with Siemen Gamesa, a leading Spanish investor in Thailand, to discuss on the future of renewable energy and the company’s investment in Thailand.
  • Exploring Halal Tourism Seminar in Bangkok
    On 18 December 2018, the Royal Thai Embassy in Madrid in collaboration with the Department of International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and the Cordoba Halal Institute (Spain), organized the “Exploring Halal Tourism” Seminar at Al Meroz Hotel Bangkok. There were around 60 representatives of public, private and academic institutions attending the Seminar. At the Seminar, speakers from Cordoba Halal Institute (Spain), Mr. Tomas Guerrero and Ms. Barbara Ruiz, shared with the audience the potential of the Halal tourism market and key elements for the successful development of Halal tourism, based on the experience of Spain in promoting this niche market. The lessons learned could benefit the Thai tourism industry. Exploring Halal Tourism Seminar was organized in line with the Thai government’s policy to promote Thailand as one of the top five exporters of Halal products and services by the year 2020.

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