The Ambassador of France to Thailand at MI Headquarters in Khon Kaen Thailand

On April 26, 2024, Mr. Suriyan Vichitlekarn, MI Executive Director, welcomed H.E. Mr. Jean-Claude Poimboeuf, the Ambassador of France to Thailand at MI Headquarters in Khon Kaen Thailand.
Mr. Suriyan provided an overview of MI, highlighting its history, thematic areas, and capacity-building initiatives. He underscored MI’s collaborative efforts with governments and development partners, emphasizing the significant role of human resources and capacity development in fostering enhanced regional integration and sustainable development.

In response, H.E. Mr. Jean-Claude expressed a keen interest in learning about MI’s operations and exploring opportunities for partnership across multiple sectors, including agriculture, economy, climate change, biodiversity, and “One Health.” He specifically highlighted the potential for collaboration between Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and MI in these areas.

Additionally, he mentioned the Institute for Research on Contemporary Southeast Asia (IRASEC), a French research institution based in Bangkok and its work in partnering with universities in Southeast Asia. Through its network of researchers stationed in various Southeast Asian countries, IRASEC works to bolster regional cooperation and knowledge exchange.

MI is grateful for the chance to connect and look into possible alliances with esteemed partners like France. As the productive conversation wrapped up, Mr. Suriyan invited H.E. Mr. Jean-Claude to join the upcoming Mekong Forum 2024, which is MI’s annual flagship event scheduled for this July.

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