EABC at the opening ceremony of “Digital Thailand Big Bang 2017”
On 21 September 2017, Mr. Rolf-Dieter Daniel, President of EABC European Chamber of Commerce, participated in the opening ceremony of the international exhibition “Digital Thailand Big Bang 2017” under the concept of Digital Transformation Thailand, presided by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.
H.E. Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Digital Economy and Society welcomed participants and informed the objectives of the event. After that the Prime Minister delivered the speech on driving the economy forward through high-tech industries and innovations. Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak and Air Chief Marshal Dr. Prajin Jantong also joined the opening ceremony.
The government has dynamically maximised the use of digital technology in three aspects;
- To create new opportunities for economic growth and improve the delivery of government services for its people: the Pracharat Internet, to bridge a digital gap by providing high speed Internet accessibility to 74,700 communities in Thailand within the next year. The government is aiming to create innovations through the application of technology i.e. e-Commerce to enhance the capabilities so that the people can run their businesses online, e-Health to enable swift exchange of information between experts and individual units located across the nation, e-Education to offer numerous possibilities for distance learning to people, including children, senior citizens and underprivileged. e-Agriculture to change the country’s traditional farming to smart farming and to help Thai farmers to become entrepreneurs and e-Service to serve as a central information center to facilitate people in obtaining public services.
- Ranges of digital innovations: Digital Park Thailand spanning over 600 rais will be built in Sri Racha, Chonburi as the center of Eastern Economic Corridors (EEC); Support the Internet of Things (IoT) to local tech start-ups; and Smart City initiatives. Digital Park and the development of Smart Cities will help improve quality of life and the local environment while enabling the country to use resources more efficiently.
- Global Connectivity: It is to facilitate international collaboration through digital platforms. The government is in the process of setting up a one-stop service for permits relating to setting up a business – Ease of Doing Business, cooperate with global partners i.e. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) that support Thai startups to form their businesses and also create a cybersecurity.