ADB signs loan agreement for southern Thailand waste-to-energy project
ADB and Gulf Chana Green signed a local currency loan agreement on 16 February for THB 1,109 million to support a 25MW biomass waste-to-energy power plant in southern Thailand. ADBs assistance will help provide an environmentally sustainable solution to the abundant agricultural waste that is produced from farming and wood industries by converting biomass into a renewable source of electricity.
Launch of ADO 2017 Update
Country Director Hideaki Iwasaki and Senior Country Economist Luxmon Attapich presented the updated economic prospects for developing Asia and Pacific including Thailand and key risks to the region to international and local media in Bangkok. They also presented the special theme chapter how to sustain development through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and provide policy recommendations how to ensure the success of PPP implementation.
Roundtable Discussion "Infrastructure Needs in Asia : Connectivity between Thailand and the Region"
ADB conducted the roundtable discussion in Bangkok to present findings from a flagship publication "Meeting Asia's Infrastructure Needs" on how much developing Asia including Thailand need to invest in infrastructure and how to finance such needs. ADB also learned from Thailand's high ranking government officials on the country's recent infrastructure development including its financing modalities, and exchanged views with key audiences on policy challenges shaping future infrastructure investment.
Workshop on "Early Warning Systen for Thailand Cooperatives"
ADB conducted a workshop on "Early Warning System for Thailand Financial Cooperatives" under a technical assistance on Strengthening Specialized and Semi-Formal Financial Institutions to Support Financial Inclusion in Thailand during 1-2 August 2017 at ADB Thailand Resident Mission. Participants from Cooperative Promotion Department and Cooperative Auditing Department learned risk based supervision of financial cooperatives and the usage of management information system (MIS) and the early warning system (EWS). The MIS and the EWS will be used as important tools for financial cooperative supervision.
Courtesy Visit to Transport Minister of Thailand
Country Director of ADB Thailand Resident Mission Hideaki Iwasaki paid a courtesy visit to Transport Minister of Thailand Arkhom Termpittayapaisith at the Ministry of Transport in Bangkok. Minister Arkhom welcomed the new Country Director and expressed a strong support on ADB operation including project pipelines for transport infrastructure in Thailand and regional cooperation on transport.
ADB Forum "Caught in a Trap? Asia and Pacific's Middile-Income Countries at a Crossroads"
ADB, in partnership with the Thammasat University, conducted a learning event at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok. The forum, joined by prominent Thai and international speakers including ADB Vice President Wancai Zhang, discussed the variety of challenges and opportunities facing the middle-income countries in Asia and the Pacific, and also presented cutting-edge solutions and promising experiences with the audiences.
Student Visit from Thammasat University
Students from International Economics Program at Thammasat University visited ADB Thailand Resident Mission and were briefed on ADB operations in Thailand and ADB's role on regional cooperation particularly on the Greater Mekong Subregion Program.
Courtesy Visit to Thailand's Finance Minister and ADB Governor for Thailand
Country Director of ADB Thailand Resident Mission Hideaki Iwasaki paid a courtesy visit to Thailand's Finance Minister and ADB Governor Apisak Tantivorawong at the Ministry of Finance in Bangkok. Minister Apisak welcomed the new Country Director and also discuss a close collaboration between ADB and Thailand.
Launch of Technical Assisatnce Project on Water Management
ADB, in partnership with Department of Water Resource, launched a $1-million technical assistance project on Strengthening Integrated Water Resource Planning and Management at River Basin Level in Bangkok. To improve overall efficiency of the water management system at 25 river basins in Thailand, the integrated water resource management modelling tool, a computer-based hydro logical model, will be established to the relevant community-based stakeholders while capacity of river basin personnel in river basin integrated planning through community will be developed.
Public Policy Communication Review Consulation in Bangkok
\ADB conducted the Review Consultation with governments and civil society representatives as well as other stakeholders from Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Viet Nam. The review would ensure ADB's disclosure and transparency remain relevant and up-to-date, improve policy implementation, and stay in line with ADB business process.