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About the project

  • 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.

    Project objective

    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

    Expected Results

    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:

    • Strengthen the institutional capacities of OTCC on the basis of international best practices, and build the capacities of the relevant OTCC Divisions,
    • Set-up a training programme to build internal and external skills and expertise,
    • Strengthen the cooperation with other relevant Thai Government authorities,
    • Develop advocacy vis-à-vis the business sector, Thai local authorities, especially at the provincial level, and civil society, with a focus on consumers.

    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.

    The project aims to:

    • Strengthen the institutional capacity of the CGD and other relevant Government stakeholders vis-à-vis the implementation of the Public Procurement Act of 2017,
    • Improve the ability of Thailand's SMEs to operate within the context of an open competitive government procurement market,
    • Support Thailand's participation in the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative (CoST), aiming at improving transparency and accountability in public infrastructure projects by promoting public participation,
    • Build national capacities on the "Integrity Pact" under the Thai government procurement system.

    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.

    The project aims to:

    • Support the relevant departments of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) and private certification bodies on organic agriculture,
    • Support farmers, farmer groups and processors in order to promote Thai agricultural organic products,
    • Support trilateral cooperation between the EU, Thailand and other ASEAN countries.
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  • In collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand

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