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.