Many countries in Asia have met or exceeded several of their United Nations Millennium Development Goals. However, post-2015, much remains to be done to unlock economic prosperity and security equally across borders. USAID’s regional programs work to address key transnational issues that present critical developmental challenges to progress.
Thailand graduated from USAID assistance in 1995 and USAID closed its bilateral mission the following year. In 2003, USAID returned to Bangkok to open a regional mission serving the Asia-Pacific region. More than a decade later, USAID now works on cross-border issues of concern to Thailand and the region and draws upon Thai expertise to support development results in other countries.
Laos’ growing importance on the world stage is a reflection of its 2013 accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), its membership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), its unique position on the Mekong River, the lifeblood of mainland Southeast Asia, and its shared borders with Burma, Cambodia, China, Thailand and Vietnam. As Laos enters international markets, the United States is helping to improve the country’s economic policies and increase its integration within the global economy.
On November 16, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that the United States and 30 partner countries, including Thailand, have made a commitment to work together to achieve the targets of the Global Health Security Agenda. Together, we will partner with the Government of Thailand to strengthen the capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to future disease outbreaks.
The U.S. Government is proud to be the single largest donor on the Thai-Burma border. By supporting the technical, institutional, leadership and advocacy capacities of community organizations, USAID has helped to increase access to critical health care, education, food security and protection for displaced people in conflict-affected areas in the South East part of the country and in the border provinces and refugee camps of Thailand.
Last updated: March 29, 2016