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NEWS - Thai Trade with Neighbors on

NOTE: Thai trade with Myanmar/Burma will only improve when the real
government is in place and doing buisiness.  The SPDC is not a
government.  The military should never be concerned with politics and

Thai Trade with Neighbors on Rise


           BANGKOK (May 18) XINHUA -
           Thailand's trade with its four
           neighbors in the first four months this
           year increased by 138 percent from
           that of the same period last year to
           62.89 billion baht (1.66 billion U.S.
           dollars), the Bangkok Post Monday
           quoted Deputy Prime Minister
           Supachai Panitchpakdi as saying. 

           According to Supachai, also
           Commerce Minister, the value of Thai
           exports to Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia
           and Myanmar from January to April
           totaled 50.23 billion baht (1.32 billion
           dollars), up by 146.6 percent, leaving
           a trade surplus of 37.57 billion baht
           (989 million dollars), a 161.5 percent

           Trade with Malaysia increased by
           217 percent, while that with Laos and
           Cambodia jumped by 29 percent and
           0.4 percent respectively. 

           However, border trade with Myanmar
           dropped by 23 percent due to security

           Supachai said Thailand would meet
           Myanmar officials in September to
           solve the problems including
           checkpoints, customs and

           Supachai said a committee in charge
           of border trade will also streamline
           the complicated procedures involving
           eight departments at present. 

           The committee recommended that
           the Customs Department should take
           charge of all border trade and provide
           one-stop service for importers and