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Creative Economy in Thailand

With Thailand as a Middle Income Country, the Creative Economy has enormous potential as an engine for social and economic development.  Indeed, the Creative Economy is highlighted as one of the strategies in the 11th National Economic and Social Development Plan (NESDP) within the overall restructuring of the economy towards quality growth and sustainability.  

Within the framework of shifting  towards a knowledge-based economy, the country is facing challenges in engineering a strategic re-orientation of various systems, such as education, financing and intellectual property protection.  Thailand will need a creative workforce and businesses that are able to compete globally, along with a society that is vibrant in its creation and consumption of cultural and creative goods

UNESCO is leading the Creative Economy Joint Partnership with the Royal Thai Government.  The Joint Partnership will provide targeted 5-year support within the framework of the overall UN Partnership Framework (UNPAF) in order to align with the national priorities of the 11th Plan, both covering from 2012 to 2016.  

The UNPAF Creative Economy Joint Partnership comprises various UN agencies (UNDP, UNESCO, UNIDO, ILO, FAO, ITU, WIPO) and the World Bank, which have joined hands to partner with ministries, other government agencies, private sector and civil society to develop a plan of action. 

Three main areas of cooperation have been identified within a five-year plan of action.  

1. Skills development for the creative economy

2. The development of a knowledge system for the creative economy, to provide strong evidence for policy-making 

3. Strengthening the environment enabling the growth of the creative economy sector, such as legislation and relevant institutions 

By 2017, the UNPAF Creative Economy Joint Partnership will help Thailand to make progress towards developing a creative economy that is based on Thailand’s unique cultural resources and its rich heritage.   

News and Events

Francesco Bandarin, UNESCO Assistant Director General for the Culture Sector, delivered a keynote Speech on “Forging Dynamic Cultural Sectors in Developing Countries” during the second Thailand International Creative Economy Forum (TICEF), Bangkok, 26-27 March 2012.