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.
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
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).
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