Thailand

General Overview

Population:

68,800,000 (2012 est.)

GDP (purchasing power parity):

US $ 651.7 billion (2012 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP):

US $ 9,472 (2012 est.)

GDP (real growth rate):

2.3% (2012 est.)

Industries:

  • Tourism
  • Textiles and garments
  • Agricultural processing
  • Beverages
  • Tobacco

Imports:

US $247.6 billion (2012 est.)

Import commodities:

  • Machinery
  • Minerals, fuels and lubricants
  • Manufactured goods
  • Chemicals

Exports:

US $229.5 billion (2012 est.)

Export commodities:

  • Machinery
  • Food
  • Manufactured goods
  • Chemicals

Alberta's exports to Thailand:

CDN $ 76.5 million (2012)

Alberta's main exports to Thailand:

  • Cereals
  • Wood
  • Pulp
  • Electrical Machinery
  • Machinery

Alberta-Thailand Relations

A summary of Alberta's relationship with Thailand.

Sector opportunities for Alberta businesses interested in exporting their products

  • Agrifood: Alberta agricultural products that hold potential for the Thai market include wheat, feed and feed ingredients, livestock and genetics. Thailand’s growing middle class and its tourism sector fuel demand for processed and on the go foods which present opportunities to supply agricultural and processed food and beverage products to Thailand.
  • Education and culture: The University of Alberta’s (UofA) Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation is active in Thailand with the Play Around the World program. This three-month practicum experience gives students the opportunity to build sustainable programs for underserved populations, including the disabled in Thailand. Alberta’s post-secondary institutions, including the UofA, the Northern Alberta Institute for Technology and the Southern Alberta Institute for Technology have strong ties with Thailand in areas such as teacher training and educational administration, biotechnology, primary health care, medicine and pharmaceutical sciences, human resources development, distance learning, and food technology.
  • Energy: Thailand has considerable natural gas reserves that hold potential opportunities for Alberta companies in fields of natural gas development. In November 2010, PTT Exploration and Production, Thailand’s largest state-owned company, signed a partnership unit sale agreement with Statoil Canada Ltd and Statoil Canada Holdings Corp for a 40 per cent stake in the Kai Kos Dehseh Oil Sands Project in Canada for US$2.3 billion.