1. The Group of 77 (G77) is a group of 77 Developing countries which aims to promote their collective economic interests and negotiating power at the UN.
  2. On January 13, 2016, the previous G77 Chairman, South Africa, passed the torch to Thailand which means that now Thailand has to speak on behalf of the developing countries at the United Nations.
  3. This honor is a first for the Southeast Asian country and Thailand has to use this opportunity for the purposes of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed upon by UN member countries.
  4. SDG aims to reduce poverty, protect environment, and achieve gender equality along with various other developmental goals.
  5. It is therefore prudent for India to approach Thailand as it serves multiple purposes.
  6. SDG success depends on India because of its size and population.
  7. Therefore negotiations have to be made at UN so that there is increased transfer of funds and technologies towards developing countries like her.
  8. India’s desire for UNSC permanent seat can also be pushed through Thailand.
  9. The reach to BIMSTEC at the BRICS summit and Modi’s personal visit to Thailand on November 10, while enroute to Japan signifies the importance of Thailand to India.
  10. Moreover, Thailand is also a member of ASEAN which means India can reach to it through Thailand as a bridge where as Thailand can engage SAARC via India.
  11. India is also of great importance to Thailand in the areas of tourism, trade and also restoring Geopolitical power balance.
  12. Indians in large number visit Thailand as tourists where as her biggest neighbor believes in permanent occupation of other country’s land which leads to territorial disputes!
  13. India along with other like minded countries e.g. Vietnam, Thailand can work together to check illegal claims and ensure regional peace.
  14. Thus Indo-Thai relations create a win-win situation which has to be further strengthened through culture, commerce community and connectivity.