What is the Thailand-European Union Policy Dialogues Support Facility (PDSF) ?

The Thailand-European Union Policy Dialogues Support Facility (PDSF) is a programme funded by the European Union to further advance Thailand’s cooperation with the EU towards achievement of sustainable economic and social development goals and global integration.

The PDSF, started on 15 August 2013, will end on 15 February 2017. It is implemented by a consortium composed of GOPA Consultants, Development Solutions, Sustainable Development Association and the Franco-Thai Chamber of Commerce. The programme of € 3.75 million (THB 150 million) will provide support for activities of mutual benefit to Thailand and the European Union.

What are the areas covered by the Thailand-European Union PDSF?

The programme aims at providing targeted support for Thailand-European Union policy dialogues in four areas of strategic importance and crucial to advancing Thailand’s national development agenda.
The policy dialogue activities will address for example topics as:

1 Trade and investment
• Support deepening of bilateral trade relations, including EU-Thailand Free trade agreement
• Support to address non-tariff barriers (SPS, TBT, product standards)
• Support strengthening trade facilitation
• Support development of the creative economy

2 Higher education and science and technology
• Internationalisation of Higher Education
• Strengthen university management
• Strengthen human resources development
• Science & Technology (S&T) and Innovation

3 Environment, climate change, and energy
• Support sustainable consumption and production and trade
• Support the transition to low carbon economy and climate change mitigation and adaptation
• Support Thailand’s involvement in Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)

4 Good governance and human rights
• Support initiatives to address regional disparities, inequity, migration as well as to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law

GOPA Consultants
GOPA is a leading development consultancy and one of the strongest consulting companies in Europe. Since its establishment in 1965, the company has successfully delivered over 3,000 assignments in more than 130 countries. In 2013, GOPA had a turnover of €65 million and employed about 170 staff members. Headquartered in Bad Homburg, Germany, the company also has representative offices in various countries abroad. GOPA is the key member of the GOPA Group (http://www.gopa-group.org), working in four main technical areas including governance and economic development, education and employment promotion, rural development and environment and infrastructure development and thus covering all four technical areas of the PDSF programme.

For further information, please consult http://www.gopa.de

Development Solutions
DEVELOPMENT Solutions (DS) is a UK-based consultancy which serves the international donor and business community in delivering sustainable development and sustainable investment projects. DS has successfully implemented over 100 projects for the EC and other donor-funded technical assistance projects over the past ten years world-wide in the areas of Energy& Environment, Capacity Building, Trade & Economy, and Business Facilitation. DS has anchored itself in Asia through its office in China since 2003, has a demonstrated track record of implementing capacity building programmes for trade and sustainable development throughout China, India and ASEAN countries.

For further information, please consult http://www.development-solutions.eu/

Sustainable Development Association
Sustainable Development Association (SDA) is a British non-profit association dedicated to promoting sustainable development and sustainable investment throughout Asia. SDA is experienced in the design and management of donor-funded technical assistance projects and since its founding in 2005. SDA has brought together a wide network of industry, government and civil society stakeholders to address local and regional sustainability challenges, by leveraging collective resources and international best practices. In collaboration with its associates and cooperation partners, SDA has produced comprehensive research on a wide range of sustainability issues, including standards compliance and harmonisation, environmental and industrial safety, environmental monitoring and recycling and various sector-based sustainability issues including support to SME clusters and local agricultural regions.

For further information, please consult http://www.sustainableda.eu/

Franco-Thai Chamber of Commerce
The Franco-Thai Chamber of Commerce (FTCC) is an independent, privately funded non-profit organization founded in 1966 whose main goal is to promote business relations between Thai and French companies. Today, it represents a dynamic and powerful business network of 300 member companies representing all sectors of the economy. It is also a member of the UCCIFE global networks which unites over 110 French chambers of commerce abroad in over 80 countries. The FTCC’s actions are structured around 3 departments: events and communication, business support and HR. Its experiences with the European Union included the organization of the ASIA INVEST FORUM THAILAND (2005), the SCRIPT Project (2011-2013) under TEC II, the setting up of the European-ASEAN Business Center “EABC”(2012-current).
For further information, please consult http://www.francothaicc.com/

PDSF Team

(1) Christopher Oates, Team Leader
Chris has over 26 years of experience in Southeast Asia, including 16 years of professional experience in Thailand. Chris is an experienced consultant with wide expertise in SPS and trade related technical assistance having worked with public authorities and the private sector in Asian countries. During 20 years experience in capacity building projects, working with governments, institutions, commercial organizations and local SMEs in Asia, Chris gained expertise in project management, institutional development, research and extension. Prior to embarking on a career in consulting, Chris spent 10 years as faculty at the National University of Singapore gaining experience in higher education and academic/applied research.

(2) Sommawan Lowhaphandu, Communication & Visibility Expert
Holding a Master degree in Corporate Communications from a French University and a Bachelor degree in French and English, Sommawan has a broad experience in marketing and corporate communication. Starting her PR career in a French stainless steel company, she has gained knowledge about marketing industrial products while educating people about this new material thanks to the organization of seminars and events, as well as the publication of bilingual newsletters. Since 2001, Sommawan has shifted to work for a non-profit organization at the Franco-Thai Chamber of Commerce (FTCC) and learnt to be polyvalent, handle multi-tasks and develop her communication skills. Sommawan currently holds the key position of Business Support Senior Manager thanks to which she is in constant contact with the Thai and European business community as well as with the Thai media.

What are the areas covered by the Thailand-European Union PDSF?

The programme aims at providing targeted support for Thailand-European Union policy dialogues in four areas of strategic importance and crucial to advancing Thailand’s national development agenda.
The policy dialogue activities will address for example topics as:

1 Trade and investment
• Support deepening of bilateral trade relations, including EU-Thailand Free trade agreement
• Support to address non-tariff barriers (SPS, TBT, product standards)
• Support strengthening trade facilitation
• Support development of the creative economy

2 Higher education and science and technology
• Internationalisation of Higher Education
• Strengthen university management
• Strengthen human resources development
• Science & Technology (S&T) and Innovation

3 Environment, climate change, and energy
• Support sustainable consumption and production and trade
• Support the transition to low carbon economy and climate change mitigation and adaptation
• Support Thailand’s involvement in Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)

4 Good governance and human rights
• Support initiatives to address regional disparities, inequity, migration as well as to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law

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