Ambassador of Thailand advances development cooperation in sub-region with USAID

On 17 May 2023, Ambassador Tanee Sangrat called on Mr. Michael Schiffer, Assistant Administrator, Asian Bureau, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), at USAID HQ in Washington, D.C., to discuss issues pertaining to development cooperation in the Mekong sub-region.

Ambassador Tanee emphasized Thailand’s readiness to further enhance the role of the U.S. in developing the sub-region through bilateral, trilateral and multilateral mechanisms, especially ACMECS and the Mekong-U.S. Partnership (MUSP). Areas of further cooperation include public health, education, agriculture, climate change, HRD, human trafficking, establishment of shelters for victims, and humanitarian assistance in all aspects.

Assistant Administrator Schiffer emphasized that USAID remained committed to assisting in the Mekong sub-region’s development through various formulas and in areas of common interests. The Assistant Administrator also elaborated that the cooperation should be guided by a strategic development plan with climate-related issues as the top priority.

Thailand and the U.S. signed an MOU on Economic and Technical Cooperation on 2 June 1977. Afterward, trilateral cooperation was advanced to foster closer ties as development partners, which culminated in the signing of a Strategic Partnership for Development Cooperation in Asia between the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) and USAID/RDMA on 10 August 2021.


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