Minister Fast Meets With Thai Counterpart

Minister Fast with Thai Counterpart

Minister welcomes new business deal between Canada and Thailand

August 21, 2013 - Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today meets with Niwatttumrong Boonsongpaisan, Thailand’s deputy prime minister and minister of commerce, on the margins of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Ministers Meeting to discuss deepening commercial ties between Canada and Thailand and concluding the exploratory process for a free trade agreement in the near future.

Separately, Minister Fast highlighted the deal, signed today in Bangkok between the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) and the Royal Thai Mint, for the RCM to produce 200 million nickel-plated steel blanks for Thailand’s one-baht coin at its plating facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The RCM has been producing coins and blanks for the Royal Thai Mint since 2004.

These blanks will be among the first to be produced at the RCM’s newly expanded, state-of-the-art facility. Officially opened in June 2013, the 70,000-square-foot expansion adds new plating capacity to support growth anticipated from the execution of RCM contracts for foreign-circulation coins with customers from dynamic economies seeking the RCM’s advanced coinage solutions. Since opening in 1976, the RCM’s Winnipeg facility has produced circulation coins and blanks for more than 75 countries.

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The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service supports the RCM’s efforts throughout the region and the world.

Minister Fast is visiting Brunei from August 20 to 23, 2013, to participate in ASEAN and Trans-Pacific Partnership ministerial meetings.

For more information, please see Minister Fast Visits Brunei.

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Rudy Husny
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade

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