Vivian Balakrishnan in Thailand for two-day visit

Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan is on a two-day introductory visit to Thailand, starting today, at the invitation of his Thai counterpart, Mr Don Pramudwinai.

During his visit, Dr Balakrishnan will have an audience with Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and will be hosted to lunch, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a statement.

The minister will also call on Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha; Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Economic and Foreign Affairs Somkid Jatusripitak; and Privy Councillor Surayud Chulanont.

Dr Balakrishnan and Mr Don will jointly open the 12th Coordinating Meeting of the Thailand-Singapore Civil Service Exchange Programme today.

Thirty government agencies from both sides will be represented at the programme, the MFA said.

Dr Balakrishnan visited Australia, China and Indonesia earlier this year, and Malaysia and Brunei last year, after taking on his new ministerial portfolio in October.

Thailand ranked as Singapore's ninth-largest trading partner last year, with a total bilateral trade of $29.6 billion.

The Bank of Thailand ranked Singapore as the second-largest foreign investor and top Asean investor in Thailand in 2014, as well as in the first 11 months of last year.

Singapore's investments in Thailand are predominantly in financial and insurance services, manufacturing, and trading.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2016, with the headline 'Vivian Balakrishnan in Thailand for two-day visit'. Print Edition | Subscribe