Twin meetings were undertaken by the CPSC Director General on August 25, 2011 with the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC), under the Ministry of Education.
Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub met with TICA, represented by the Deputy Director General Ms. Angsana Sihapitak; Ms. Attaya Memanvit, Development Cooperation Officer and Ms. Nichapha Pairoh. Representing CPSC, Dr. Naim updated TICA with the progress of activities in the last fiscal year and the various programs planned by CPSC for the current academic calendar. He apprised TICA, as one of the focal agencies of CPSC in Thailand, of the various areas for cooperation that can be pursued to deepen bilateral relations between CPSC and the Royal Thai Government and synergize approaches in technical and vocational education and training (TVET).
Congratulating Dr. Naim for his new appointment, Ms. Sihapitak shared her perspectives on the various thematic areas of CPSC's capacity building programs. In line with the thrust on TVET for sustainable development, the Deputy Director General offered her views on the potential program areas that might be of high interest for Thailand, one of which is capacity building on the technical use of devices that support the domestic use of renewable energy. The officials from TICA also collectively expressed interest in having the skills development for poverty alleviation project of CPSC implemented in Thailand with focus on skills for employability. The said project is financed by the Government of India. CPSC is in discussion with the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) regarding the planning of the SDPA special in-country program for Thailand.
TWIN MISSIONS IN THAILAND.
CPSC DG Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub meets with senior officials of TICA and OVEC, MOE.
Discussion on other areas of mutual interest to CPSC and the Royal Thai Government ensued including resource mobilization, annual contribution scheme of CPSC and plans for imminent adjustments in membership contribution to CPSC in which TICA DDG affirmed initial support. Dr. Naim welcomed the interest of TICA DDG Angsana to send staff for the faculty, specialist, internship or secondment positions as has been done before.
Dr. Naim also met on the same day with OVEC officials led by Dr. Sasithara Pichaichannarong, Secretary General; Ms. Maturode Sumranpon, Head of External Relations Section, Bureau of Cooperation and Ms. Prapa Tantasuparuk, Public Sector Development Group under the Office of the SG. He conveyed CPSC's appreciation for the strong cooperation extended by the Royal Thai Government. Among other things discussed were the successful outcomes of cooperation between CPSC and OVEC in conducting joint programs for the year ended as well as future joint activities to be pursued.
An in-country program is slated to be organized by CPSC and OVEC in March 2012 on the topic "Entrepreneurship Education". Both parties are keen to have a platform for OVEC to share best practices in skilling for employment and for poverty alleviation, possibly as a host of one of CPSC's programs under the ongoing Skill Development for Poverty Alleviation (SDPA) Project, a fitting opportunity in line with CPSC's plan for its upcoming regional activities that aim to cross-share best practices among project beneficiaries. CPSC and OVEC are also keen to hold international collaborative program with CPSC under the auspices of TICA and OVEC on a yearly basis. The OVEC Secretary General also positively welcomed imminent increase in membership contribution.