Thailand ranked 103rd of 187 countries on the UN Development Programme’s 2013 Human Development Index. Thailand is making good progress towards meeting the MDG targets and holds an important position in the Mekong region. As Thailand’s economic and research capacities have increased, the ACIAR–Thai relationship has shifted from donor–recipient towards co-investment in the partnership.
In line with the Memorandum of Understanding signed in July 2007, ACIAR will continue to foster opportunities for partnering with Thailand to support the other countries in the region. Emphasis is placed on improving regional research programs, with particular attention to Burma, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam. Australia and Thailand are active participants in a range of IARC and other multilateral research and assistance agencies, a number of which are located in Thailand. This will continue to provide a suitable platform to engage in wider regional research initiatives with both Australian and Thai involvement.
ACIAR’s current program focuses on three issues: implementing the results of earlier projects, with relevance to the poorest farming communities; implementing Mekong regional biosecurity systems; and managing Mekong fisheries, partnering regionally with Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.