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Thailand proposes defence procurement reform

12 June 2017

Thailand is proposing to restructure its defence procurement mechanisms by expanding the remit of the Defence Technology Institute (DTI), a Ministry of Defence (MoD) body currently with remit for research and development (R&D) and defence industry development.

Under proposed legislation recently drafted by the government, the DTI will become the Defence Technology Agency (DTA) and will act as a centralised procurement administrator for the Royal Thai Armed Forces and MoD.

The changes, which are outlined in draft legislation published recently on the DTI’s website, are intended to support the development of local industry as well as introduce greater efficiencies in defence procurement processes, which are currently largely decentralised across the three armed forces and the MoD itself.

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