26 January 2017 Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Digital Economy and Society (DE), presided over the opening ceremony and gave the speech on “Smart City that Thailand Needs” at Smart City Public-Private City Development at The Campus Room, Grand Hyatt Hotel Bangkok.
Smart City Public-Private City Development held by Digital Economy Promotion Agency or Software Industry Promotion Agency (Public Organization) or SIPA, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society was aimed to promote and share information on the progress of Smart City project following the government’s policy in pilot provinces including Phuket, Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen. It was also a stage that links Smart City network and city development groups including Phuket City Development, Chiang Mai City Development and Khon Kaen Think Tank. The project’s operation will emphasize on local people participation to drive Smart City in order to create sustainable development and meet local people’s actual needs.
The event also featured a lecture on “Public-Private City Development: Why to Do Now?” by Mr. Suradej Thawisaengsakunthai, the founder of Khon Kaen Think Tank (KKTT), and a seminar on “Smart City Public-Private City Development” by M. Kan Prachumphan from Phuket City Development, and Mr. Narong Khananuwat from Chiang Mai City Development, and hosted by Mr. Pracha Asawathira.
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