On January 14th, H.E. Mr. Ngo Duc Thang, the Vietnamese Ambassador to Thailand, and his team visited Weerawat Chanpen, a Vice Governor of Phuket, to discuss about trade, investment, tourism, education, working, labor problems, and joint participation between of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and Phuket.
Mr. Ngo said that the main aim of this visit was to discuss with Phuket about participation in tourism since it was a main selling point for Vietnam, Thailand, and other countries in this region. To be ready for the liberalization of ASEAN tourism in 2015, there should be participation in the aspects of facilities and transportation between the two places. Moreover, there should be more student exchanges to allow cultural and language learning. In addition, he wanted the government of Phuket to better look after Vietnamese workers in Phuket, especially in the Patong Beach area.
Meanwhile, Weerawat said that if the Vietnamese wanted the government to help in any case, they can inform the government or the related government offices. The Vietnamese laborers could get licenses and the Thai-Vietnamese people in Patong could start an association club following Thai law.