The ARISE Plus Thailand project is funded by the European Union (EU). The project started in November 2020 with a budget of EUR 3 million. The project is implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) in collaboration with the Government of Thailand.
Support inclusive and sustainable trade growth and poverty reduction in Thailand, while contributing to economic integration in the Association of Southeast Asian. Nations (ASEAN) region
A more transparent, predictable and competitive business environment
Output 1: Strengthened capacity of the Office for Trade Competition Commission (OTCC) for the application of the competition regulatory framework is in accordance with international best practices
Thailand's national competition regulatory framework was updated in 2017 and an independent authority, the Office for Trade Competition Commission (OTCC) was subsequently established. The project will work with OTCC in order to support the application of the new Thai Competition Law in accordance with international best practices.
The project aims to:
Efficiency of public expenditure and service delivery improved
Output 2: Enhanced capacity of Comptroller General Department (CGD) for the application of the public procurement framework is in accordance with international standards
Thailand has embarked on reforming its public procurement system, with a focus on preventing corruption and anti-competitive behaviour, with an increased level of transparency and monitoring, for overall greater transparency and accessibility to public procurement markets. The project will work with Thailand's Comptroller General's Department (CGD), the authority in charge of public procurement, to reinforce institutional capacities and replicate existing international good practices. In line with the Government's objective to strengthen SMEs within the context of an open competitive government procurement market, Thai SMEs need to be better equipped in order to engage within the market and compete, domestically and internationally.
Organic agriculture practices enhanced and disseminated in Thailand and in selected ASEAN countries
Output 3: Enhanced understanding of policy frameworks for organic agriculture, in line with EU standards, in Thailand and in selected ASEAN countries
Conducive and clear policy frameworks for organic agriculture in line with international standards are pivotal in generating export opportunities for Thai and ASEAN SMEs. Thailand has taken the lead within ASEAN on organic standards and has requested support on certification. While organic farming is increasingly promoted by the Government of Thailand, it is essential to enhance accreditation of organic labelling, recognition and building local consumer awareness of the benefits of organic products.