The GPP workshop was successfully organized during 28 -29 Aug, 2013. The overall objective of the workshop is to share knowledge and exchange experiences concerning development and implementation of Thai GPP, successes and challenges, as well as the on-going initiatives to develop the climate friendly GPP with other ASEAN countries.
GPP is still quite new in the South East Asia region, but Thailand is working on it since 2008, therefore experiences and knowledge gained can be shared with other ASEAN countries for the sake of mutual learning process and moving together towards Asean Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. For this reason, Pollution Control Department Thailand and GIZ have jointly organized the GPP workshop with the following specific objectives:
To share experiences in setting up the institutional structure and processes used for Thai GPP;
To share experiences concerning the approach for selection of GPP products (GPP product list);
To share experiences in developing Thai GPP awarding criteria for selected products and services and its mean of proof (verification method);
To share Thai GPP communication strategy and plan; and
To exchange information and enhance the cooperation with other ASEAN countries in the field of GPP.
During this workshop, Thai GPP approaches/ processes, strategies and the results of Thai GPP Phase I (2008-2012) and the strategy and plan for GPP Phase II have been presented by the experts from the PCD and implementing agencies.
Malaysia also shared the strategies they are going to use for implementing GPP (GGP = Green Governmental Procurement) in their country. Indonesia as well is on the way to implement Green Public Procurement therefore receiving information of different approaches was useful for them
In total 35 participants from Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia attended this workshop, in which 20 participants are from the Ministry of Environment, Indonesia; Government Procurement Division, Ministry of Finance Malaysia; Malaysia Green Technology Corporation and SCP Policy Support in Indonesia and Malaysia and private sector in Thailand.
Last but not least, most of the participants were highly interested in having further cooperation on the development of communication tools and strategies for promoting GPP as well as the development of support policies on GPP implementation.
The workshop materials are available for download below: