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February 1, 2023

‘Thailand and Romania have had cordial diplomatic relations for 37 years’

On the occasion of the 83rd Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the National Day of Thailand

5th December 2010 marks two most important occasions in Thailand, namely the 83rd Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the National Day of Thailand.

His Majesty was born in Cambridge Massachusetts, USA and was raised and educated in Switzerland. Since ascending the throne as a constitutional monarch and making his Oath of Accession “to reign with righteousness for the benefit and happiness of the Siamese (Thai) people”, His Majesty has devoted his life and resources to aiding the development of the nation and the improvement of the Thai people’s livelihood for more than 64 years. By visiting every remotest area in the country to do field reconnaissance and appraise local conditions by himself, as a result, there are more than 3,000 royal initiative projects and a number of foundations under royal patronage. All these contributions are encapsulated in His Majesty’s name “Bhumibol”, which means “Strength of the Land”.

(…) In the first half of 2010 the Thai economy surged by 12 % the highest growth since 1995. Thailand is well known for being a major world producer and exporter of agro products such as rice, sugar, rubber, tapioca as well as for its processing foods industry (poultry, fishery, fruits and vegetables). (…) In terms of bilateral relations, Thailand and Romania have had cordial diplomatic relations for 37 years, with the Royal Thai Embassy’s presence in Bucharest for 30 years. Both sides have concluded a number of important bilateral agreements, such as the Promotion and Protection of Investments, Avoidance of Double Taxation, Cultural Cooperation, Agricultural Coo­peration, Tourism Cooperation etc. A number of other documents are also in the process of negotiation. Over the years Thailand and Romania have exchanged a number of high level visits including members of the Royal Family of Thailand and the President of Romania. This year the State Secretary of Global Affairs of Romania officially visited Thailand while the Vice Minister for Labour, and Parliamentarians Friendship Group paid a visit to Romania.
At the level of economic relations, the mutual trade volume has gradually increased from 49.7 to 132 million USD in recent years. Still, there is room for expansion and there are opportunities for exploring commercial and investment cooperation between the two countries in the years ahead.

Thailand shares common values with Romania in that both countries are proud of their culture. The culture of Thailand has been introduced to Romanians through various schemes, thanks to cooperation from the Romanian side. This year, a Thai Cultural Festival, which includes Thai Classical Performance and a Thai Film Festival, were jointly arranged by the Royal Thai Embassy and the Romanian authorities concerned. Next year, a number of cultural activities are also scheduled. Furthermore, Thailand has always attached importance to people-to-people contact. The Thai government, therefore, decided to give Visa on Arrival (VOA) for Romanians from 20th November 2010. Holders of Romanian passports who visit Thailand as tourists from now on can apply for VOA at immigration check points in Thailand, giving duration of stay of 15 days. (excerpts)

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