Draft on govt data framework ready for Cabinet nod by October

Economy July 23, 2018 01:00

By   JIRAPAN BOONNOON
THE NATION

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THE DATA framework draft, which sets guidelines for all state agencies when they collect and record business data, is expected to be sent to the Cabinet for approval in October this year.



Digital Government Develop-ment Agency (DGA) president Sak Segkhoonthod said the guidelines would cover invoice data of import and export accounts, and people data, enabling the recording of such data in a uniform standard format.

The DGA will also introduce a public service portal site where people will be able to access government’s services on a one-stop basis next year. 

Sak said the Data Government Framework would enable all government agencies to transfer and exchange data with one another with the same standards. The agency will submit the first draft for approval to the Digital Government Committee next month. In the next step, the agency will submit the framework to the Cabinet in October. It expects the framework to be implemented by government agencies nationwide within six months.

“I think the single data framework will support around 300 government agencies nationwide. They will be able to provide data and information with the same standard with data governance and responsibility to create data quality among government agencies and the public sector,” said Sak.

He said that under the framework, the agency would also develop an open data platform, data policy, data catalogue and a chief data officer at all ministries.

For the open data platform, the agency will budget Bt50 million for hardware and software. The open data platform will promote truth and confidence in government data. 

The CDO will be a new position in each ministry, tasked with managing the data of each ministry so that the government agencies will be confident to transfer data and information together. The CDO will also utilise the data government framework to implement at their respective ministries. 

He said that all government agencies in the country have around 1,000 database and 4,000 data sets such as healthcare and water data sets. As result, government agencies will be able to connect information and data between government agencies and share information or data as a one-stop service.

The DGA moreover will develop a Government Data Exchange that will connect and integrate information between government agencies nationwide so that the agencies can exchange data and reduce paperwork.

He said that from August this year, Thais will not need to bring a copy of their document to ask for services from government agencies such as household registration service. The agency will also offer citizens info mobile application, which will allow Thais to check government counter services that provide services without seeking a copy of the ID.

In the first step in August this year, around 50,000 government counter services will not need ID copies from around 200,000 government counter services and is expected to cover all counter services from next year.

“I think the government agencies will provide a digital government that will empower people and make it easier to check and communicate with agencies,” said Sak.

The agency expects that next year it will allow Thais to be able to access around 300 government services as one-stop services. They can avail and submit through an online channel such as vat registration, tax payment, and utility services registration. 

He added that the DGA would set up a Government Data Centre, for which a budget of Bt200 million has been allocated, and it is expected to begin operations early next year. Initially, it will provide a cloud-based data centre with international standards to serve government agencies who do have the ability and potential to set up a data centre by themselves.