International Cooperation Agency (TICA) was established on 19 July 1950,
originally as a committee to “administer projects relating to President
Truman’s initiatives,” and to facilitate technical and economic assistance
received from foreign countries. On 4 May 1963, the Cabinet upgraded the
committee to Department of Technical and Economic Cooperation (DTEC.)
From 1972 to 2004, the Department of Technical and Economic Cooperation was
part of the Office of the Prime Minister.
As Thailand gradually shifted its role from receiver to donor of technical and
economic assistance and development cooperation, DTEC was transformed into
Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) and integrated into the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 17 October 2004. At present, TICA’s main
task is to coordinate Thailand’s development cooperation as well as various
economic, social, technical assistance and training courses with countries and
international organizations around the world.
promote efficiency and creativity in Thailand’s development cooperation.
foster good relations and sustainable development in the international arena.
contribute to the wellbeing of the global community.
- Administer development
cooperation on behalf of the Thai Government with foreign
governments/agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations.
- Administer assistance to and
foster good relations with foreign countries in line with Thailand’s
- Coordinate and advice on policy
concerning development cooperation. Supervise and integrate, where
applicable, aid plans and projects from government agencies, private
sector and NGOs.
- Coordinate, supervise and build
capacity for development cooperation plans and projects from public and
private sector. Develop and implement strategies for development
cooperation in accordance with Thailand’s foreign policy.
- Administer official development
assistance through bilateral, regional, and multilateral cooperation.
Implement official development assistance according to Thailand’s
obligation on development cooperation.
- Administer human resources
development cooperation and scholarships to foreign countries.
- Follow up, assess, and
publicize development cooperation projects carried out by public and
private sector and NGOs. Advice on further action for development
- Carry out other tasks as
mandated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Cabinet.
Mission, Scope of Work and Objectives
TICA’s mission is to advice on government’s policy relating to development
cooperation, and to implement bilateral development cooperation projects with
foreign countries, inter-governmental organization, regional organization,
international NGOs and other relevant international entities. TICA aims
to undertake development cooperation according to the government’s foreign
policy, and foster good relations with the foreign countries, especially neighboring
TICA’s mission also includes supervising Thailand’s multilateral development
cooperation strategy and implementation.
Scope of Work
- Plan, follow up and assess
bilateral and regional development cooperation strategy and projects.
- Implement development
cooperation projects in accordance with Thailand’s foreign policy and
Sufficient Economy Principles (SEP).
- Cooperate with the
international community through bilateral, trilateral, and multilateral channels
with the public sector, private sector and NGOs.
- Administer human resource
development projects and grant scholarships/training courses/study trips
to developing countries.
- Update and integrate database
on Thailand’s development cooperation from different government agencies.
- Facilitate administrative
matters relating to development projects such as tax privileges and
exemptions, supervise budget spending in development projects abroad, as
well as supervise foreign official development assistance spending for
- Carry out other tasks as
required by the Thai government.
- Contribute to Thailand’s
security by maintaining good relations with other governments. Generate
positive attitude towards Thailand and foster good people-to-people
- Promote sustainability and
sustainable development in other countries by sharing best practices,
especially those concerning the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP).
- Help Thailand’s public sector
and civil society to operate at the international standard in development
cooperation. Build on Thailand’s experience in working with development
partners and international organizations, as well as to internalizing such
experience for further development within Thailand.
- Strengthen Thailand’s status as
emerging donor and partner for development, as well as Thailand’s role as
center for learning and sharing good practices on sustainable development
in the international arena.
- Synergize contributions and
expertise from every sector to advance Thailand’s development cooperation
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