Thai-German Trilateral Cooperation Programme


After almost six decades of Thai-German bilateral technical cooperation, Thailand has become an emerging economy that, as one of the main actors in Southeast Asia, is no longer reliant on development assistance. In 2008, Thailand and Germany signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Trilateral Cooperation to form a joint partnership with pooled resources for regional development. Within the programme, Thailand and Germany jointly apply their development experiences and technical know-how to support third partner countries by implementing small-scale trilateral projects in selected sectors, i.e. education, rural development, and health. Currently, the third partner countries include Lao PDR, Vietnam, and Timor-Leste, with a possible extension to Cambodia and Myanmar  in the future. The programme also aims to enhance Thailand’s role as a provider of development cooperation and to support South-South cooperation in order to promote regional know-how, strength, and ownership. The programme is co-funded by the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) within the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Objectives & Approaches 

The objective of the programme is to foster development goals in the target countries through the sharing of relevant expertise and to support Thailand’s role as a provider of development cooperation. 

It supports all partners through:

  • Joint development and implementation of small-scale trilateral projects, from project design and preparation, to development of a steering structure, and project monitoring and evaluation
  • Know-How transfer in the sectors in which both Thailand and Germany possess expertise and experiences
  • Capacity building and human resource development 

It consists of four work areas:
  • Build capacities in development cooperation and result-oriented steering and project management
  • Develop instruments of trilateral cooperation
  • Develop a joint strategy for Thai-German technical cooperation activities in the region
  • Implement up to 9 small-scale trilateral projects with third partner countries. Currently, there are 6 projects as follows: 




  Lao PDR

Paper Mulberry Supply Chain


Nam Xong Sub-River Basin Management


Strengthening National Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) in Lao PDR (Phase I,II)



Advanced Technical Services for SMEs in Selected Industries of Vietnam


Strengthening Cooperative Management in Western Highland and Central Region of Vietnam


Timor-Leste Sufficiency Economy and Business Promotion in the Agricultural Sector Project 2016-2017

Programme partner: Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA)
Project partners: Various government and private agencies in Thailand, Lao PDR and Vietnam

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  • Mr. Tim Mahler
    Tel:+66 2 661 9273   Fax: +66 2 661 9281
  • 193/63 Lake Rajada Office Complex (16th floor) 
    New Ratchadapisek-Rama 4 Road, Klongtoey 
    Bangkok 10110