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Diplomatic relations between Brazil and Thailand were established in 1959. The relationship is considered particularly promising in the areas of trade and investments, energy (especially biofuels), science, technology and innovation, agricultural research, health, and tourism. In 2013, Thailand was the main trading partner of Brazil among the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), position it has held since 2009. Brazil is Thailand's main trading partner in Latin America.

The then Deputy Prime-Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Surapong Tovichakchaikul, visited Brazil in 2012. Princess Chulabhorn visited Brazil four times; the latest of which to attend the Rio+20 Conference. Three Prime-Ministers have already visited Brazil as well as several Thai Ministers.

The Director of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) visited Bangkok in August, 2013, and mission of the Local Productive Arrangement Alcohol (APLA, group that brings together companies and public entities of the sugarcane-alcohol sector) visited the country in May, 2013. In previous years, the Minister of Science and Technology, Sérgio Resende (2010); the Minister of Fishery and Aquaculture, Altemir Gregolin (2010); and the Foreign Ministers Luiz Felipe Lampreia (1996) and Celso Amorim (1994) visited Thailand.

Agreements on technical and scientific cooperation; on trilateral technical cooperation; on sports cooperation, on technical cooperation in sanitary and phytosanitary measures; and the 2013-2014 Action Plan of Bilateral and Trilateral Technical Cooperation are in force.

The expanded scope of technical cooperation to third countries creates significant opportunities for joint action between the cooperation agencies of Brazil (ABC) and Thailand (TICA). In 2012, Brazil received two Thai study missions, in the context of the partnership between the two institutions: one on the control of the fruit fly, in March; and another on the mechanized production of sugarcane for the production of alternative energy, in July.

There are great opportunities for cooperation in biofuels, and Thailand is the second largest sugarcane exporter in the world, with wide horizon for the expansion of the ethanol sector. There is also potential for cooperation in sports, particularly in football and Muay Thai. Brazil is the country with the largest number of centers for study and practice of Muay Thai in the world – a number that grows rapidly –surprisingly surpassing even Thailand.

In 2012, trade between the two countries reached US$ 4.6 billion. In the Brazilian exports basket, soy, iron, food waste and by-products are highlighted, while imports are concentrated in machines, rubber, electrical appliances and vehicles.

Chronology of Bilateral Relations

1959 – Establishment of diplomatic relations

1959 – Opening of the Embassy of Brazil in Bangkok

1964 – Opening of the Embassy of Thailand in Brazil

1967 – Official visit to Thailand of President-elect Artur da Costa e Silva

1968 – Visit to Brazil of Prime-Minister Thanom Kittikachorn (April)

1984 – Visit to Brazil of the Air Force Marshal Siddhi Savetsila, Minister of Foreign Affairs (September)

1986 – Visit to Brazil of Police Capitan Surat Osathanugrah, Minister of Commerce (March)

1992 – Visit to Brazil of Professor Doctor Princess Chulabhorn, for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio-92), as Head of Delegation (June)

1993 – Visit to Brazil of the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn (March)

1993 – Visit to Thailand of the First Vice-President of the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry and representatives of the private sector (November)

1994 – Visit to Brazil of the Squadron Leader Prasong Soonsiri, Minister of Foreign Affairs (January)

1996 – Visit to Thailand of Minister Luiz Felipe Lampreia (April)

1997 – Visit to Brazil of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pitak Intrawityanunt (June)

1998 – Visit to Brazil of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sukhumbhand Paribatra (May)

1997 – Visit to Thailand of the Secretary for Strategic Affairs, Ambassador Ronaldo Sardenberg (May)

1997 – Opening of the Thai Trade Center in São Paulo (June)

1997 – Visit to Brazil of the Deputy Prime-Minister and Minister of Commerce, Supachai Panitchpakdi (November)

1999 – Visit to Brazil of Prime-Minister Chuan Leekpai (May/June)

2000 – New visit to Brazil of the Professor Doctor Princess Chulabhorn (Support Group to Adolescent and Child in São Paulo) (March)

2000 – Visit to Brazil of the Minister of Transportation and Communication, Suthep Thaugsuban (June)

2001 – Visit to Brazil of General Surayud Chulanont, Commander-in-Chief of the Army, for the “Latin America Defentech 2001” (April)

2003 – Visit to Brazil of the First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Somsak Prisananuntagul (January)

2003 – Visit to Brazil of Mr. Udon Tantisunthorn and other 11 senators from the Senate Internal Affairs Committee (February)

2004 – Visit to Brazil of the President of the National Assembly, Uthai Pimchaichon (April)

2004 – Visit to Thailand of the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Communication, Dr. Paulo Lustosa, accompanied by representatives of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, and the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management (May)

2004 – Official visit to Brazil of the Prime-Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (June)

2004 – Signature of the Memorandum of Understanding creating the Joint Committee in Brasília (June)

2004 – Visit to Thailand of delegation from the Ministry of Health (July)

2004 – Visit to Bangkok of the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (August)

2004 – Visit to Brazil of the Election Commissioner Charupat Ruangsuwan (September)

2004 – Visit to Brazil of the “Sugarcane and Sugar Platform” (November)

2004 – Visit to Brazil of the President of the Parliamentary Friendship Group Thailand-Brazil, Arkom Tulardilok (December). Department of Trade and Investments Promotion

2005 – Trade Mission to Bangkok headed by the Director of Itamaraty’s Trade Promotion Department (May)

2005 – Visit to Bangkok of Ambassador Luiz Augusto de Araújo Castro, as Special Envoy of the President of the Republic (June)

2006 – Visit to Brazil of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Kantathi Suphamongkhon (August)

2007 – Visit to Brazil of the General Boonsrang Niumpradit, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces (May)

2007 – Visit to Brasília of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Sawanit Kongsiri (August)

2007 – Visit to Bangkok of the Executive Secretary for the Ministry of Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade (October)

2008 – Visit to Brazil of the Oil Institute of Thailand, interested in ethanol (March)

2008 – Visit to Brazil of delegation from the National School of Defense of Thailand (May)

2008 – Visit to Brazil of the Minister of Energy of Thailand, Poonpirom Liptapanlop, interested in ethanol (June)

2008 – Visit to Brazil of delegation headed by the Permanent Sub-secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Dr. Kurujit Nakornthap, interested in biofuels (September)

2008 – Visit to Thailand of the Executive Director of EMBRAPA, interested in interchange in different areas of agricultural research (September)

2008 – Visit to Thailand of the Political Sub-secretary General II of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Roberto Jaguaribe, to lead the Brazilian delegation to the First Meeting of the Joint Committee (October)

2008 – Visit to Brasília of the Deputy Prime-Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sompong Amornvivat, co-heading the 1st Ministerial Meeting Mercosur-ASEAN (November)

2009 – Celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of bilateral relations, with the release of postal stamp and organization OF book, released in 2012

2009 – Visit to Bangkok of Senators Eduardo Azeredo (President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federal Senate), Flexa Ribeiro and Neuto de Conto

2009 – Visit to São Paulo of the Deputy Minister of Commerce, Veerasak Jinarat (August)

2009 – Visit to Brazil of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Panich Vikitsreth, and the Trade Representative of Thailand, Vachara Phanchet, as head of business mission (October)

2010 – Visit to Thailand of the Minister of Fishery and Aquaculture (June)

2010 – Visit to Brazil of the Minister of Environment, Suwit Khunkitti, heading the Thai delegation to the 34th Session of the World Heritage Committee (July)

2010 – New visit to Brazil of Professor Doctor Princess Chulabhorn, to participate in scientific conferences, without official program (September)

2010 – Visit of the Minister of Science and Technology Sérgio Rezende (November)

2010 – Visit of the Subsecretary-General of Politics II of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Maria Edileuza Fontenele Reis (November)

2011 – Visit of the Director of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency – ABC (March)

2011 – Mission of the National Science and Technology Development Agency of Thailand – NSTDA (April)

2011 – Visit of representatives of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency to discuss initiatives on the environmental area (July)

2012 – Visit to Bangkok of the Subsecretary-General of Politics II of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Maria Edileuza Fontenele Reis (March)

2012 – New visit to Brazil of Professor Doctor Princess Chulabhorn, on the occasion of the Rio+20 Conference (June)

2012 –2nd Meeting of the Joint Committee, held in Brasília (June)

2012 – Visit of delegation of the Ministry of Energy of Thailand to Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and Campinas (June)

2012 – Visit to Brasília of delegation from the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA), headed by the Deputy Director General, Suchada Thaibunthao (June)

2012Visit to Brazil of the Minster of Foreign Affairs, Surapong Tovichakchaikul (August 15-18)

2012 – Visit to Brazil of the Parliamentary Friendship Group Brazil-Thailand, headed by the former Minister of Foreign Affairs (2008-2011), Congressman Kasit Piromya (December)

2013 – Seminar “Thailand’s Trade and Investment Opportunities in Brazil”, held in Bangkok (March)

2013 – Mission to Bangkok of the Local Productive Arrangement Alcohol – APLA (May)

2013 – Visit of the Director of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (August)

2013 – Establishment of the Defense Attaché of Brazil to Thailand, cumulative, based in Jakarta, Indonesia (October)

2013 – Signature of Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Brasília and the UTCC – University of Thai Chamber of Commerce (November)

2016 – Brazil requests consultations with Thailand at the WTO regarding subsidies on the sugar sector (April 4)

2017 – The Secretary-General of Itamaraty, Ambassador Marcos Galvão, participates in the ASEAN Day (August 29) [50 years of ASEAN] [Press statement of the Second ASEAN-Mercosur Ministerial Meeting]




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