USAID Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman and TICA Acting Director General Wattanawit Gajaseni discuss trilateral cooperation progress


USAID Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman and Acting Director General of the Thailand International Cooperation Agency Wattanawit Gajaseni discuss trilateral cooperation progress as part of TICA-USAID Strategic Partnership

Friday, May 13, 2022

For immediate release

Yesterday, the Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Isobel Coleman, and Wattanawit Gajaseni, Acting Director General of the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) , met to discuss the TICA-USAID Strategic Partnership, through which TICA and USAID will jointly provide development assistance to other countries in Asia.

Deputy Administrator Coleman thanked the Acting Executive Director for TICA’s longstanding partnership with USAID and expressed his enthusiasm for TICA and USAID’s plans to co-design and launch programs. development programs in health, environment and other sectors, which will be implemented in the Lower Mekong region later this year. Deputy Administrator Coleman also hailed TICA as a rising donor and leader in the region and commended TICA for co-hosting the Global South-South Development Expo 2022 (GSSD Expo 2022) with the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), which will take place from 12 to 14 September 2022 in Bangkok. She also highlighted USAID’s expanded development cooperation with TICA as an important step that deepens U.S. relations with Thailand, one of our five regional allies in the Indo-Pacific region. USAID’s partnership with TICA is an example of the collective capacity the United States seeks to mobilize through our Indo-Pacific Strategy to elevate locally-led sustainable development.

Acting Director General Gajaseni commended USAID’s continued and growing commitment and cooperation to promote sustainable development in Thailand and the region. He reiterated TICA’s strong support for the growing development partnership with USAID, especially through the recent formation of the TICA-USAID Trilateral Cooperation Work Plan under the Strategic Partnership signed on August 10, 2021. Further , he expressed TICA’s willingness to work closely with USAID to implement the TICA-USAID strategic partnership through trilateral projects to further accelerate sustainable economic and social development in the region, thereby contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Acting Director General Gajaseni is also looking forward to USAID’s participation in the GSSD 2022 Expo in September, where USAID will showcase its decades-long contribution to development in Thailand and around the world.

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