Thailand’s Engagement With Africa | The Diplomat


Thailand’s recent efforts to break into African markets are in line with a series of mostly re-engagements by countries of the Global South, the emerging economies of Asia in particular, across Africa. Comparing Asian countries’ approaches toward the African continent, there are obvious differences in terms of weight, official diplomatic presence, and fine-tuned policies (or their absence). There are the heavyweight actors, (such as China and India), other fairly significant partners (such as South Korea or Indonesia), and also some markedly stable players like Japan, which has been involved in African development since the launch of the TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) summitry in 1993. To be able to grasp African development futures as such, as well as Asia…

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