H.E. Minister Theera Wongsamut and other distinguished staff from MOAC,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am very pleased and honoured to have a Signatory Ceremony for a Country Programming Framework (CPF) for Thailand with MOAC today.
The CPF is the tool used by FAO to define the medium-term response to the assistance needs of member countries in pursuit of national development objectives that are consistent with the FAO Strategic Framework and Regional Priorities, the MDGs and other Internationally Agreed Development Goals (IADGs).
During the last one year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have together again launched a joint effort to formulate the CPF which is a basis for mutual cooperation and partnership for 2012-2016. The CPF has been formulated through a number of meetings and consultations with Thai government ministries and departments, United Nations organizations, development partners, civil society organizations, non-government organizations and the private sector.
The CPF is consistent with the 11th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2012-2016) and the United Nations Partnership Framework (2012-2016). It contains an analysis of the past and current situation on food security, agriculture and rural development which has led to the identification of priority areas, outcomes and outputs. Corresponding to these priorities, a request for programmes by Thai Ministries and concerned departments based on their own agency priorities to be implemented in the next five years is reflected in the CPF with an estimate of resource requirements.
The CPF is co-owned by Royal Thai Government and FAO, with the strong involvement of concerned national stakeholders, including the private sector and civil society. The CPF demonstrates the commitment of FAO, given the availability of adequate resources, to supporting Royal Thai Government in its efforts to achieve development objectives and to implement the IADGs/MDGs. I hope that Royal Thai Government could also commits to providing collaboration and support for resource mobilization as well as the implementation of the CPF.
The CPF is a living document and flexible tool that takes country situations into account and allows for adjustments – with the government’s agreement – due to changing circumstances. Flexibility is particularly important when FAO is involved in an emergency response in the aftermath of an unforeseen crisis.
Last but not least, the CPF is designed to strengthen the cooperation and partnership between Royal Thai Government and, Food and Agriculture Organization towards the common goal to promote agriculture, food security and rural development in Thailand and in the region, and facilitate Thailand’s role to serve as the kitchen of the world.
Before closing, I wish to thank Dr Suthiporn for his dedicated effort and contributions to facilitate the satisfactory completion of the framework.
I thank you for your kind attention and wish for successful implementation of the CPF for Thailand.