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Thailand starts FTA talks with European group

Thailand is hoping to reach a deal with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) within two years as it kicked off the first round of free-trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with the association. The talks cover 16 topics, including trade in goods; rules of origin and customs cooperation; trade facilitation; trade remedy measures; sanitary and phytosanitary measures; technical trade barriers; investment; e-commerce; and intellectual property, among others. Thailand and EFTA agreed to launch negotiations over a potential free-trade deal on 20 June. Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit, who participated in the start of the talks with EFTA in Iceland, said the agreement, once implemented, was expected to help double two-way trade between Thailand and the EFTA region.

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