By Petchanet Pratruangkrai
After banning Thai poultry from its market for nine years, Singapore has finally allowed frozen chicken from Thailand back in.
The decision to lift the suspension on Thai chicken imports came after the third meeting under the Singapore-Thailand Enhanced Economic Relationship (Steer) in Singapore last week.
Thai Commerce Minister Niwatthumrong Boonsongpaisan said yesterday that this country should enjoy more opportunities to increase shipments to Singapore as the city-state is one of the high-potential markets for chicken and many other products.
Singapore stopped buying frozen and processed chicken from Thailand because of the bird-flu outbreak here.
“Singapore now has high confidence to import frozen chicken from Thailand as it acknowledges our high sanitary standards. It will help facilitate more imports of frozen chicken from Thailand to increase trade,” Niwatthumrong said.
Singapore is also considering allowing sale of frozen pork from Thailand.
Thailand has encouraged Singapore to invest in the swine feeding and processing business in the Kingdom, as it could use Thailand as a hub for production and export to third countries.
The Steer meeting also discussed ways to forge closer ties in the tourism industry, especially for sea cruises, as Singapore has high expertise.
Thailand suggested that Singapore create linkages in cruise routes, as Thailand has many beautiful islands that could be easily reached from Singapore.
Singaporean investors showed strong interest in helping transfer technology in the software industry and transferring digital content, Niwatthumrong said. The country was also keen on investing in the Bt2-trillion infrastructure-development plan.