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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 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. It has been signed to take place over a three-year period from 2018-2020.

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 their 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. A periodic monitoring of progress of the activities and an evaluation of objectives results and impact of engagement has been integrated into the Country Programme to ensure policy coherence and impact of the Country Programme in Thailand.

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. Participation in OECD activities gives Thai policy makers access to a network of international experts and to international best practices and peer learning. Exchanges of experience with experts from OECD members are not just an opportunity to strengthen co-operation between countries, they also bring Thailand closer to the OECD. In return, the OECD’s engagement with Southeast Asia - and with Thailand in particular - improves the Organisation’s global relevance and the impact of our work. Our co-operation benefits OECD members and non-OECD economies by enabling them to acquire a deeper understanding of Thailand.

 

OECD-Thailand Country Programme Newsletter 

Country Programme at a glance

Signature date: 31 May 2018

Strategic areas of the Programme: 

  • good governance and transparency
  • business climate and competitiveness
  • Thailand 4.0
  • inclusive growth

OECD Body Associate: (proposed under the Country Programme)

OECD Committee Participant: (proposed under the Country Programme)

Thailand has adhered to 7 OECD Legal Instruments

Country policy review topics: public sector integrity, open and connected governance, budgetary reform, investment, regulatory reform, vocational education and training, multidimensional country review, economic assessment

OECD statistical data on Thailand:

  • Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook (forthcoming)
  • Digital Economy Outlook (forthcoming)

>> More information about the Thailand Country Programme

Thailand's participation in OECD work

Over the past 15 years, relations between OECD and Thailand have broadened and deepened. The OECD has increased country-specific engagement with Thailand through its participation in OECD bodies, specific policy reviews and adherence to OECD instruments. Thailand has participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) since 2000 and is a member of the Governing Board of the Development Centre and Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. It is a Participant in six OECD Committees or their subsidiary bodies (Fisheries Committee, Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship, Working Group on Good Laboratory Practices, Working Group of National Co-ordinators of the Test Guidelines Programme, Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy; and Committee on Digital Economy Policy). Thailand has also adhered to seven OECD legal instruments. In 2015, Thailand was among the first countries (along with China and Indonesia) that achieved Association status in the International Energy Agency

Thailand is also included in several OECD flagship reviews on pension, health, social policy, innovation, the new Southeast Asia Government at a Glance (forthcoming), SME Policy Index, Energy Outlook and the annual Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India. OECD Thailand country specific policy reviews include Review of Education Policies in Thailand, Thailand Electricity Security Assessment,  Green Growth in Bangkok Thailand and SME and Entrepreneurship

In Focus

OECD Week 2018: Signing Ceremony on collaboration with Thailand
  Thailand Country Programme

Latest OECD Publications on Thailand under the Country Programme

Integrity Review of Thailand (2018) - This review analyses Thailand’s integrity system. It takes stock of the country's recent efforts to tackle corruption, such as the creation of anti-corruption commissions and legislation. Based on the 2017 OECD Recommendation on Public Integrity, the review makes concrete policy recommendations for Thailand in the areas of institutional arrangements, integrity training for public servants, asset disclosure, and whistle-blower protection.

Multidimensional Review of Thailand: Initial Assessment (2018) This review offers a broad assessment of Thailand’s development challenges, identifies key constraints, and provides initial high-level recommendations. Guided by the Sustainable Development Goals, it recognises that policymakers need to reconcile economic, social, and environmental objectives to ensure that their country’s development path is sustainable and more equitable – that all citizens benefit.

  • Integrity Review of Thailand – Phase II (forthcoming)
  • Multidimensional Review of Thailand- Phase II & III (forthcoming)
  • Open and Connected Governance (forthcoming)
  • Budgetary Governance Review (forthcoming)
  • Gender Budgeting Action Plan (forthcoming)
  • Investment Policy Review (forthcoming)
  • Regulatory Reform Review (forthcoming)
  • Review on Vocational Education and Training (forthcoming)
  • Economic Assessment of Thailand (forthcoming)

» Access all OECD publications on Thailand