José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, went to Bangkok where he met with Yingluck Shinawatra, Thai Prime Minister. Both leaders held substantive and fruitful discussions on the strengthening of political, commercial and investment relations between Thailand and the EU. Prospects of an EU/Thailand Bilateral Partnership Cooperation Agreement (PCA) and Free Trade Agreement (FTA) were central topics of the discussions. They also exchanged their views on the global economic and financial situation. This visit of José Manuel Barroso to Thailand, the first official visit ever by a President of the EC, was a vivid testimony to the EU's and Thailand's resolve to build a stronger and deeper partnership.