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 three-year 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.
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 its 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.
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.
OECD-Thailand Country Programme Newsletter