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International cooperation between Germany and Thailand began in 1959 with the founding of what was to become King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology North Bangkok (KMITNB). In the first few decades, priority areas of cooperation were agricultural and rural development and vocational training. As Thailand underwent a rapid and successful transition to an emerging industrialised economy, the focus of cooperation increasingly shifted in the 1990s towards industrialisation processes, renewable energy, modernisation of the state, and climate change mitigation.

Thailand now plays a leading role in the wider South-East Asian region. Many regional and international projects are managed from Bangkok, and more than 100 international development organisations are based there.

Around 25 seconded and approximately 75 national staff, as well as 11 CIM experts and some 15 young people assigned through the ‘weltwärts with GIZ’ programme are currently working in Bangkok and other regions of the country.

As a consequence of Thailand’s economic and social development, the nature of its cooperation with Germany is also changing. Within the framework of South–South cooperation, bilateral programmes are increasingly evolving into triangular cooperation in which Thailand and Germany provide joint development assistance in other South-East Asian countries. Thai-German Trilateral Cooperation – a joint partnership programme which supports triangular cooperation with Cambodia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Viet Nam and Timor-Leste – has been a mainstay of the work undertaken in conjunction with the Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) since 2009.

GIZ’s activities in Thailand and the region currently focus on the following areas:

  • sustainable consumption and production
  • environmental protection and climate change mitigation
  • energy efficiency and renewable energies
  • agriculture and food security
  • sustainable urban development and transport
  • regional integration and South–South cooperation.

The programmes and projects are commissioned and financed by various German federal government ministries, the European Union (EU), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the private sector.

In addition to project-based work, GIZ’s programme of training and seminars is becoming increasingly important and aims to promote the exchange of experience. The main purpose of the development programme for managers and experts is to build individual skills and capacities. Scientific exchange and knowledge transfer benefit individuals as well as the public and private sectors, including companies and non-governmental organisations.

Projects and Programmes

Office contact

GIZ Office Thailand
Country Director
Stefan Helming

Office address
GIZ Office Thailand
193/63 Lake Rajada Office Complex (16th floor) New Ratchadapisek Road, Klongtoey
Bangkok 10110
Phone: +66 2 661 9273
Fax: +66 2 661 9281

Postal Address
P.O. Box 11-1485 Nana
Bangkok 10112