POLITICAL parties have vowed to leverage digital technology to boost the economy, create jobs, and upgrade people’s living standards.
They also want to see 5G wireless technology get off the ground soon and some would amend technology-related laws that they consider affect people’s rights and freedoms.
With the national election just weeks away, they say they also plan to focus on promoting digital literacy and equal access to useful sources of open data, along with telecommunications and Internet infrastructure, for all Thais.
Representatives of five parties unveiled their visions for the country yesterday at a seminar on the digital economy, which was hosted by the Information Technology Press Club of the Thai Journalists Association.
Two of the representatives with experience in the information communication technology (ICT) field were Anudith Nakornthap, of the Pheu Thai Party, and Juti Krairiksh, of the Democrat Party; both are former ICT ministers. Joining them were Klaikong Vaidhyakarn of the Future Forward Party, Nattapong Robkob of the Thai Local Power Party, and Rupop Shinawatra of the Thai Raksa Chart Party.
Nattapong said that Thailand should create a single one-stop Thailand App, which would be used by all state agencies to provide public services to the people. The app would replace the disparate apps of all the state agencies.
The single app would help the state agencies to cuts costs on app development and promote greater efficiency in the delivery of public services.
Nattapong said his party is also keen to push hard on encouraging Thai startups to go global.
Juti said that some laws would be revised as they are deemed to hinder the growth of the digital economy.
He also wants to increase the number of community ICT centres in order to cover 10,000 districts. The centres’ role is to provide ICT knowledge to people in local communities.
If elected to government, Juti’s party plans to hire around 10,000 ICT experts to help local people harness knowledge in the ICT centres.
He added that his party would also further expand quality telecoms and Internet networks nationwide to ensure equal access to the networks for all.
Rupop said that his party would focus on leveraging digital technology to upgrade people’s living standards in all aspects.
Klaikong said his party is keen to revise the technology laws that are seen as affecting people’s rights and freedoms, expand free Wi-Fi coverage nationwide, and promote an open-data policy and the growth of the startups.
Anudith said that he would deploy digital technology to help people improve their quality of life and their incomes as well as their own competitiveness.
He will focus on ways to create smart people under a drive for digital literacy, as such efforts are the key to ensuring the successful use of digital technology for the betterment of the country, he said.