Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, left, and Digital Economy and Society Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj outline plans at a press conference.
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, left, and Digital Economy and Society Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj outline plans at a press conference.

Three digital projects seek green light

Economy August 03, 2017 01:00


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AS part of efforts to support the Thailand 4.0 vision and the Digital Park project, the Digital Economy and Society Ministry will next month submit three digital projects for Cabinet approval.

Digital Economy and Society Minister Pichet Durongkaveroj said the three projects are the Internet of Things Institute, Government Big Data and Startup. 

For the IoT Institute, the ministry will form a consortium of the government, private and education sectors, both domestic and international, to prepare IoT courses and drive IoT in the country to develop and promote the IoT business in various areas such as the automobile industry and manufacturing. 

The ministry expects to start constructing the IoT Institute building at the Digital Park in Chon Buri next year. 

The ministry has invited international businesses such as Huawei to invest in the IoT business at Digital Park. The ministry will spend Bt100 million to draw up the Digital Park master plan and Bt1 billion to build the Digital Park building next year on a 709-rai site.

For the Government Big Data project, the ministry will assign the National Statistical Office to survey and collect data from all government agencies.

The data would be used for big data analytics to support both the government and private sectors.

For the Startup project, the ministry will find measures such as an angel fund to support startups in the country in various areas.

The project would usher Thailand to the forefront of the startup scene in the region in the near future. 

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said the DE Ministry will be the main government body to facilitate Thailand 4.0 and Digital Park as well as to provide Internet access in communicate communities nationwide. 

Internet infrastructure has been rolled out to 11,449 villages or communities out of the 24,700 villages in the country and is expected to reach all communities by year-end. 

The ministry will take responsibility to support and drive e-commerce in communities via Thailand Post with logistics, and e-payment and e-marketplace platforms. 

This would help small and medium enterprises and people in the countryside to offer their local products online and via a e-marketplace. 

“The government and DE Ministry will also corporate cooperate with the private sector to develop and provide infrastructure to bring benefits to people in the country,” Somkid said.

He visited the ministry yesterday to follow up on the ministry’s progress in implementing the government’s digital economy policy.

The government has also assigned the DE Ministry to develop the Digital Park master plan so that it could shepherd some projects in the first year from dream to reality such as IoT, smart city, big data and e-commerce. 

It will also buffer the confidence of international investors who want to transfer their business to and invest in the new Digital Park, while fortifying the competitiveness of the country as a whole.