(August 4, 2020) Pol.Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, Governor of Bangkok, welcomed H.E. Mrs. Helene Budliger Artieda, Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to Thailand, and Mr. Pierre Chabloz, General Consul and Adviser to the Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to Thailand, in the courtesy call on the occasion of her assumption of duty as Ambassador of Swiss Confederation to Thailand and to discuss on the possible cooperation of pilot project on electric transportation or “SHIFT” Project and the impacts from the construction projects surrounding the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Thailand. In this regard, Governor of Bangkok delivered the replica of Bangkok City’s key and the book named “Arches Honoring the Royal House of Chakri” to the Ambassador as the souvenirs.
The relations between Thailand and the Swiss Confederation has established since the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) when His Majesty visited the Swiss Confederation in 1897. Then, on May 28, 1931, both parties initialed the Treaty of Friendship and Commerce in Tokyo, Japan in the reign of King Prajadhipok (Rama VII). Therefore, that day is observed as the Thai – Swiss Diplomatic Relations Establishment Day (there was the signing of the complete version of Treaty on October 2, 1931).
The BMA established the relations with the Swiss Confederation as the Sister City of Lausanne, and there was the signing of the Agreement on the Establishment of Sister Cities between Bangkok Metropolitan Administration by M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra, the Governor of Bangkok, and the City of Lausanne by Mr. Daniel Brélaz, Mayor of Lausanne, on December 29, 2009 in Bangkok. The field of cooperation stated in the Agreement are education, culture, tourism and sports, and environment. In this regard, the Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to Thailand proposed the cooperation with the BMA in the pilot project on electric transportation or “SHIFT” Project. This is the pilot project between the Swiss Confederation and Thailand to launch the electric vehicle (EV) fleet with the main objectives to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles by private fleet-operators for mobility and logistic services, to charge EVs using renewable energy, and to support the ambition of the Thai government to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions in the transport sector.
The Ambassador also mentioned the construction projects surrounding the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Thailand and expressed concerns on traffic, especially on Ploen Chit Road and Witthayu Road where there are many surrounding constructions. In this connection, the Governor of Bangkok assigned Mr. Sakoltee Phattiyakul, the Deputy Governor of Bangkok, and the related BMA agencies to further coordinate with the embassy to proceed under authority and power of the BMA.