Collaboration Ensured, Thailand National Workshop on Local Governance Best Practices Launched
Dr. Chamniern Vorratnechaiphan, TEI Senior Director and DELGOSEA Senior Expert delivered the welcome remarks to formally open the conference. Various academic institutions committed to support the conduct of studies for the pilot areas. Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai Province promised to provide research support for the project collaboration among neighboring local governments on solid waste management in Chiang Rai City while Rajabhat Yala University pledged to monitor water supply services improvement through community involvement in Yala City. On the other hand, King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi committed to provide technical support and capacity building activities for Pakkret Municipality. Aside from these academic institutions, the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, also promised to extend support through Provincial Office of Natural Resources and Environment. Such efforts can have direct impact to the pilot municipalities.
The workshop also provided a venue for the representatives of the four municipalities to improve on their transfer concepts. During the morning session, experts underscored the importance of ensuring the project’s viability and preparatory work for the site visits. On the other hand, representatives from the national government agencies, academic sector and civil society organizations, emphasized the significance of a clear project direction, strong support of different stakeholders, and transparent communication in ensuring the project’s success.
At the end of the workshop, participants helped each pilot areas come up with strategies to replicate their chosen best practice.