3 Aug 2021
On 13 July 2021, H.E. Mr. Ganesh Prasad Dhakal, Ambassador of Nepal to the Kingdom of Thailand paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mrs. Ureerat Charoentoh, Director-General of Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA), on the occasion of congratulate her assumption of duty.
Both sides expressed satisfaction on the close relations and long standing bilateral development cooperation, and wished to further strengthen technical cooperation between the two countries by continuing working on Nepal’s proposal to set up a development project based on the application of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) in local community to enhance local jobs creation, women and children development and environmental conservation in Lumbini as SEP could complement and support the current Napalese National Policy, the “Prosperous Nepal”. TICA also welcomed the Ambassador’s request for Thailand’s expertises and knowledge transfer to develop Nepal’s tea and coffee production, processing, and marketing for export.
Thailand will continue in contributing to Nepal’s human resource development by offering TICA’s annual fellowships for the Annual International Training Course (AITC) and the Thailand International Postgraduate Programmes (TIPP) in 5 themes of Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP), Food Security, Climate Change, Public Health, and SDGs’ related areas. At the regional level, TICA suggested a possibility to share Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy Model among BIMSTEC member countries for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemics.
The Director-General of TICA also informed the Ambassador of Nepal of TICA’s current development policies aiming to promptly curb challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Thailand’s and our partners’ social and economies recovery for the Post- COVID Era that emphasis on security and resilience in areas which Thailand has expertise, namely Health Security, Food Security, Job Security, Energy and Environment Security, as well as BCG Economy Model. Both sides agreed that cooperation under Thailand’s aforementioned policies and principle could potentially further address Nepal’s development needs.
Both sides wished for a success of the upcoming Foreign Ministerial meeting, the 5th Thailand – Nepal Joint Commission (JC), in which all dimensions of cooperation including development cooperation between two countries will be highlighted.