THAILAND and Japan have stepped up development cooperation with a partnership agreement signed at the Foreign Ministry on Friday.
The agreement between Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will pave the way for developments on facets such as sufficiency economy, sustainable development, infrastructure, social services and human resources between the two countries.
This year marks the 130th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Since 1954, Japan has offered official development assistance (ODA) for technical cooperation projects in Thailand.
The event on Friday also highlighted the triangular cooperation among the Thai government via TICA and the Japanese government via JICA, in providing technical assistance to build capacity and human resources expertise of other developing counties.
It will also share Thai technology and practice to narrow development gaps in Asean and Mekong-region countries.
At the ceremony, Deputy Foreign Minister Virasakdi Futrakul underlined both countries’ commitment to the Mekong region, including the announcement of the Japan-Mekong Connectivity Initiative.
As Japan’s development partner in the Southeast Asian region, Thailand is also going to chair the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy meeting next year, Virasakdi said.
This will also include bilateral partnerships for “North-South-South Cooperation” in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and also in African countries, he said.
The Partnership Arrangement will support Thailand’s attempt to apply its “philosophy of sufficiency economy” on sustainable development model projects in other developing countries, he added.
Yasushi Tanaka, director-general of JICA’s Southeast Asia and Pacific Department, said that enhanced development cooperation would also help drive domestic and regional economic initiatives and projects, such as Thailand 4.0 and the Eastern Economic Corridor.