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Thailand ready to continue working with Pacific

September 2, 2015 11:42 pm

Thailand stands ready to continue to work with Pacific Island Countries and the Pacific Islands Development Forum mainly in the areas of agriculture, sustainable development, and human resources.

Speaking at the opening of the PIDF Summit in Suva yesterday, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Thanasak Patimapragorn says the Thailand International Cooperation Agency or TICA has recently formulated a Plan of Action for the countries in the Pacific region.

Under the Plan, TICA could offer additional assistance, including assistance in designing development projects, short-term training courses and study visits or offer the services of Thai experts and Thai development volunteers to Pacific Island countries.

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Patimapragorn says Thailand, as a new global development partner, is ready to share its experience to support partner countries in accelerating their progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.

He says an example of this is Thailand’s Annual International Training Courses or AITC for Pacific Island countries – where they have provided more than 130 scholarships for the past years.

Patimapragorn commended Fiji’s leadership and initiative in hosting the 3rd PIDF Summit under the theme of “Building Climate Resilient Green Blue Pacific Economies”.

This he says is most timely and relevant to Pacific Island Countries and to other regions as well.

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