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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – On a Southeast Asia trade mission, Alabama business officials today established new ties to counterparts in Bangkok, Thailand, while the state’s economic development leader held talks with a key Thai finance official about expanding investment and trade.

The Alabama delegation arrived late Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia, for three days of activities before traveling to Bangkok, a city of 6.5 million people that is a major business and finance center in the region. While in the Thai capital, Alabama business officials received a briefing from U.S. Embassy officials and held matchmaking appointments with Thai business representatives.

Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield met today with Ajarin Pattanapanchai, senior executive investment advisor at the Board of Investment of Thailand. During the session, they discussed mutual opportunities for two-way industry investment and a possible visit to Alabama by Thai leaders.

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