depa Director aims to create 500,000 digital entrepreneur for Thailand 4.0 in a bid to transform Thailand within 20 years

Date: 15/03/2017 | Center

After Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Digital Economy and Society (DE), endorsed an order to appoint Dr. Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin as Director of Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), effective from 1 March 2017, Dr. Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin held a press conference for the first time on 14 March 2017 to announce his vision that in an era where innovations are a major driving force for the country’s economy, the agency has to clearly determine its operational strategy and action plans to serve the government’s digital economy policy. DEPA is established to develop and promote application of technologies to project management for the sustainable development of Thailand.
In order to drive the digital society and bring Thailand into a digital era, it is necessary to develop a foundation to approach community enterprises and healthcare services and develop digital human resources in all levels. In addition, to drive the country with the use of digital technology, it is needed to prepare for legal requirements, investment promotion measures to attract new investments and complete infrastructures to build Digital Park, Digital Smart City and Digital Community. Dr. Nuttapon said, “In order to drive the digital economy, we will put an emphasis on digital startups and new generation SMEs that respond to target industries as an economic mechanism in the future. We expect to create 500,000 digital entrepreneurs and startups and transform 24,700 communities in 77 cities, 3 million SMEs and 5 million households all over the country that will use the digital economy to drive the country’s economy within 20 years”. 
              Dr. Nuttapon said that DEPA will perform its missions in accordance with the Digital Development for Economy and Society Act B.E. 2560 (2017) by focusing on supporting, promoting and developing digital industries and the use of digital technology in various aspects including economy, society, culture and security through the strategic plans prepared by DEPA, and by conforming to the national policy and plan, investment promotion, human resources development, amendments to laws regarding intellectual property protection and integrated cooperation with alliances.
Dr. Nuttapon earned a doctoral degree and a master’s degree in financial and banking management from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, and worked on strategic plans for several ministries, for example, playing an important role in drafting the national science, technology and innovation plan. With his expertise in commercial application of innovations and international business investments, Dr. Nuttapon is one of the country’s key persons for new challenges.
For more information, please contact:
Waratchanan Phetnarong (Ann) Corporate Communication Department, Digital Economy Promotion Agency
Tel. 0 2141 7158 Email
Duangkamon Bunmalert (Sai), Public Relations Adviser of Digital Economy Promotion Agency