ARTNeT Advisor: Trade Negotiations
Ms. Apiradi Tantraporn was appointed as the Minister of Commerce in Thailand in August 2015. After retiring from a post of the General Director of Foreign Trade Department, Mrs. Tantraporn was an Executive President, International Institute for Asia Pacific Studies (INSAPS) at the Bangkok University. She was posted to Geneva first as a Counselor (1985-1989), Minister (1995-1997) and Ambassador to the WTO (1999-2002). She was involved in and appointed as chief negotiator of Thailand in various bilateral and multilateral negotiations. She was Senior Economic Officer in ASEAN SEOM and APEC and thus was involved in AFTA, CEPT and AEC negotiations. She holds Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Bachelor’s degree at Thammasat University and a Master Degree in International Trade from Syracuse University, USA.