Thai Pilot Cities’ Draft Project Proposals on Best Practice Replication: Inputs of National Bodies and Academic Sector

Thai Pilot Cities’ Draft Project Proposals on Best Practice Replication: Inputs of National Bodies and Academic Sector


Bangkok: Risk management, public needs and communication, including stakeholders and workable implementation mechanism are put into spotlight as essential components the four Thai pilot municipalities should take into account in the refinement of their best practice replication projects.

After producing their transfer concept development, or best practice replication, projects, in February and March, 2011, the four Thai pilot municipalities made one step further when they made presentation of their projects during a one-day workshop meeting in Bangkok on 29 April, 2011 to solicit the inputs and perspectives of the national government bodies, academic sector and civil society organizations. These shall be adopted to make refinement of their projects before the four pilot cities make site visits to the countries of best practice.

During the meeting organized by Thailand Environment Institute, DELGOSEA Project co-implementing partner, and Municipal League of Thailand, around 20 invited representatives of the national government bodies, academic sector, and civil society organizations provided insightful recommendations and supportive inputs. These are categorized as project direction, improvement of public services, stakeholders and shared understanding through communication.

In regard to project direction, it was emphasized that the project developed should be based on actual public needs, or demand-driven, and importantly, risk identification and management, by which possible scenario should be made, while objectives, risk factors and performance indicators should be interrelated. On the improvement of public services, the focus was made on workable implementation mechanism and, equally important, supportive system which should be concomitantly developed. In relation to stakeholder issue, the question was whether it was inclusive enough, how to assure their support, and the timing of their roles. Finally, communication to foster shared understanding of the project among relevant stakeholders must be made through exchange of learning, education and knowledge research support.

At the end of the meeting, it was stressed that prior to site visits in May/June, the four Thai pilot municipalities produce a list of what they would like to study specifically, so that the host countries can make preparation in advance and they can get the desired inputs for project implementation.

The four Thai pilot municipalities are Chiang Rai City Municipality (best practice in joint waste management of Kartamantul, Indonesia), Pakkred City Municipality (best practice in street hawkers relocation of Solo, Indonesia), Songkla City Municipality (best practice in e-government of Jogyakarta, Indonesia) and Yala City Municipality (best practice in public administration reform of Lang Son, Vietnam, to be specifically applied to water supply services of Yala).