A solid partnership between Thailand and the OECD
Thailand is among the first countries - and the only country from Southeast Asia - to benefit from an OECD Country Programme. The Thailand Country Programme was signed on 31 May 2018 by Thailand’s Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Kobsak Pootrakool and the OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría during the 2018 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris.
The Country Programme comprises 15 projects drawing from four key strategic pillars: good governance and transparency, business climate and competitiveness, “Thailand 4.0” and inclusive growth. It includes peer reviews, capacity-building activities, inclusion in the OECD’s statistical tools, participation in eight OECD Committees or their subsidiary bodies and adherence to nine OECD legal instruments. It has been signed to take place over a three-year period from 2018-2020.
The Thailand Country Programme has been strategically designed and targeted, providing a whole-of-government approach. The purpose is to bring Thailand closer to the OECD by adopting OECD standards while supporting their domestic reform agenda. The contents of the Programme are aligned with Thailand’s 20-Year National Strategy (2017-2036), the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2017-2021), and supports Thailand’s efforts at achieving more inclusive and sustainable development, including through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As the Programme's strategic co-ordinator, the OECD’s Global Relations Secretariat develops and oversees the strategic orientation of this relationship and ensures that the dialogue remains focused and forward-looking. A periodic monitoring of progress of the activities and an evaluation of objectives results and impact of engagement has been integrated into the Country Programme to ensure policy coherence and impact of the Country Programme in Thailand.
This Country Programme results in a mutually beneficial relationship, which builds on a historically strong relationship between the OECD and Thailand of over 15 years. In addition to the Country Programme, Thailand co-chairs the OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme (SEARP) with Korea from 2018 to 2020. Participation in OECD activities gives Thai policy makers access to a network of international experts and to international best practices and peer learning. Exchanges of experience with experts from OECD members are not just an opportunity to strengthen co-operation between countries, they also bring Thailand closer to the OECD. In return, the OECD’s engagement with Southeast Asia - and with Thailand in particular - improves the Organisation’s global relevance and the impact of our work. Our co-operation benefits OECD members and non-OECD economies by enabling them to acquire a deeper understanding of Thailand.
OECD-Thailand Country Programme Newsletter