September 15, 2017
On 15 September, TICA and JICA co-hosted the "3rd TICA Connect" at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, inviting Thai government organizations, development partners, and diplomatic missions in Bangkok (the opening remarks were delivered by H.E. Mr. Virasakdi Futrakul, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Mr. Shiro Sadoshima, Ambassador of Japan to Thailand). TICA Connect aims to strengthen networks among development partners as well as to show the direction of development cooperation by Thailand.
The highlight of the TICA Connect this time was the signing of the Partnership Arrangement between TICA and JICA. Thailand has been accepting development assistance from Japan, and also has been providing assistance for other developing countries. JICA has been supporting these efforts of Thailand, aiming to promote Thailand to be a full donor country. The history of ODA from Japan for Thailand is over 60 years, and that of JICA's activities in Thailand is 42 years. The Partnership Arrangement signed at this event shows the new direction of co-work by both countries, including promotion of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and staff exchange, as well as strengthening Triangular Cooperation, which is creating the base of our advanced cooperation relationship.
In the following panel discussion, panelists were invited from ongoing projects which had been jointly implemented with Thailand. Each panelist reported and showed the direction of cooperation on how to further collaborate with Thailand to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.
As this year marks the 130th anniversary of Japan-Thailand diplomatic relation, participants also watched the special video on the 130th anniversary, which, in addition to reviewing the history of Japan's ODA for Thailand, provided the participants with a chance to understand the good relationship between Thailand and Japan as well.
Signing the Partnership Arrangement (Witnessed by the Japanese Ambassador and the Deputy Foreign Minister)
Panelists and others at the end of the Panel Discussion.