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Governor Talks Energy, Trade in Thailand
CSG trade mission involves meetings with public and private sector officials


November 12, 2004

Bangkok, Thailand - Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski met Wednesday with government and business officials in Thailand to discuss a wide range of issues. Murkowski is in Bangkok leading a trade mission for the Council of State Governments in his capacity as the organization's president.

The governor met with Mr. Anon Sirisaengtaksin, senior executive vice president of PTT, Public Energy Co. LTD. PTT is Thailand's only fully integrated natural gas company with a dominant position in oil marketing and petrochemical trading. The Ministry of Energy, which is rapidly expanding its upstream and downstream operations in the energy sector, operates PTT. Fifty-two percent of PTT is owned by the Thai government with the balance publicly owned by individual investors.

"The harmony between government ownership and private sector investors may have an application in Alaska's proposed gas line as our state government examines the concept of equity ownership," said Murkowski.

The governor and Mrs. Murkowski also attended a private audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX of Thailand. They were accompanied by the U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, Darryl Johnson. King Bhumibol invited the governor & Mrs. Murkowski to the audience at his villa in Hua Hin where they discussed items of mutual concern including energy, pollution, global warming and shrimp farming, a major industry in Thailand.

While in Thailand, Murkowski also met with the US-Thailand Business Council, the premier Thai organization for promoting trade with the United States, and with Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Other Alaskans joining the CSG delegation were Bill Allen of VECO, a sponsor of CSG, and Margy Johnson, the state's director of international trade.



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