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Thai Connection Mid-Day Amriteshwar Mathur, March 20, 2002


They are the chosen ones - corporate executives who have won recognition and accolades from the international community.Executives who have been accorded the highest honour of being appointed honorary trade representatives by a foreign government.

Sajjid Mitha, chief executive officer, www.polymerupdate.com is one such person. He was appointed honorary trade representative of Thailand to India, on February 21 this year.

In an exclusive interview with Mid Day, Mitha tells us how he would use this opportunity to promote trade and understanding between the two countries.

What areas of trade between India and Thailand show potential for growth?

There are a number of areas such as gems and jewellery, marine products, steel, pharmaceuticals and software where Indian exporters can carve a niche in Thailand. What steps will be taken to realise this potential?

We plan to spread awareness by organising trade visits to Thailand and holding exhibitions from time to time. These measures will help realise the goal of achieving $2 billion in trade between the two countries over the next three years.

How do you-see bilateral ties developing in the future?

India and Thailand have shared cordial relations for many years and will continue to enjoy mutual understanding. I am optimistic that trade ties between the two countries will grow significantly.

What was your first reaction when you were appointed to the position?

I have interacted extensively with Thai business leaders and the government for many years. As a result, I have been able to gain a close understanding of the Thai economy and its people. I feel privileged to be appointed honorary trade representative of Thailand to India for a period of three years.

What would your responsibilities be?

This is the first time that Thailand has appointed honorary trade representatives. My responsibilities would be numerous - on the commercial side, they include liasoning with various Indian trade bodies and providing them with an insight into trade opportunities in Thailand. To encourage greater contact with people from the two countries, I will also be organizing student exchange programmes.