Thai­land inks part­ner­ship with Ja­pan

The Nation - - THAILAND -

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- SouthSouth 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.

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