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           Established by the German Government in 1975, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH is a non-profit cooperation enterprise for sustainable development. It provides technical, managerial and advisory services that support complex development and reform processes of public interest.

GTZ implements projects in over 130 countries with 13,000 staff members. Thailand is a partner country of the German development cooperation. On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, GTZ has been engaged in Thailand for over 40 years. During this time, Thai-German cooperation has covered almost all areas of Technical Cooperation.

In the coming years, cooperation will concentrate on economic reform and transition to a market economy. With a view to strengthening the competitiveness of small and medium-sized Thai enterprises (SMEs), this priority area will be addressed in an integrated programme approach with two components.

Since Thailand has a fundamental interest in stable economic and political relations, primarily with the poor neighbouring states of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, the Thai Government is also engaged as a donor in development policy. This affords new interesting prospects for trilateral Technical Cooperation in Thailand’s neighbouring countries.

Thai-German development cooperation began in 1959 as the Thai and the German governments signed a project agreement on founding what later became the King Mongkut Institute of Technology, North Bangkok (KMITNB). Today, this is a showcase for sustainability in Thai-German cooperation.

Thai small and medium-sized enterprises in particular face new challenges. Amidst advancing global economic convergence, they have forfeited their earlier competitive advantages and are increasingly unable to compete with low-wage countries such as China or Vietnam. At the same time, SMEs play a major role in the Thai economy.

They make up more than 90 percent of the enterprises in the country, earn 42 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) and provide 56 percent of the jobs. The 850,000 or so small and medium-sized enterprises, however, also account for about 55 percent of environmental pollution in Thailand. 

 Portfolio of GTZ in Thailand 2010
Recent and On-going Programs & Projects by GTZ and Partners Based in Thailand

 Thai-German Programme for Enterprise Competitiveness: Funded by German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development – BMZ (2003-2011)
 Thai-German Climate Change Programme: Funded Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety – BMU (2009-2011)
CIM – Integrated Experts funded by BMZ (on-going)
Health Care Reform Project funded by the European Union (2004-2009)
Bangkok 21 (PPP/Public-Private-Partnership with Siemens funded by BMZ (2008-2009)
Chemicals Risk Management in the Bangpoo Area funded by BMZ (2006-2008)
Commercial Financing for Local Government Units funded by ADB (2006-2008)


Commercialization of Biopesticides in Southeast Asia funded by BMZ (2002-2009)
Clean Air for Smaller Cities under the BMZ and ASEAN framework (2009-2012)
Sustainable Port Development under the BMZ and ASEAN framework (2009-2011)
 Thai-German Trilateral Projects (funded by BMZ, 2009-ongoing)
 Retrologistics (on hazardous packaging waste, PPP with Merck funded by BMZ (2009-2011)

Worldwide  Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2009-2012)
 Sustainable Urban Transport funded by BMZ (2003-ongoing)
WE Projects (on social standards, PPP with Tchibo funded by BMZ, 2007-2010)

Mr. David Oberhuber has been the Country Director of GTZ Thailand since September 2008. He has been working with GTZ for over 12 years. With a background in political science and law, he has been involved as a technical advisor in several economic reform projects in Eastern Europe as well as in countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). He has also overseen projects dealing with regional economic promotion and cohesion policies. Furthermore, he has designed international cooperation projects and implemented administrative partnerships between German governmental bodies and their counterparts of EU accession countries. Before he moved to GTZ Thailand, he was Head of the “Economy, Finance, Infrastructure” section within GTZ Berlin office being responsible for all commissions of Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) and the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs (BMVBS).

GTZ Office, Bangkok Mr David Oberhuber Country Director 193/63 Lake Rajada Office Complex (16th floor) New Ratchadapisek Road, Klongtoey Bangkok 10110 Thailand Postal address P.O. Box 11-1485 Nana Bangkok 10112 Thailand Tel: +66 2 661 9281 Fax: +66 2 661 9281 Email:

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