Ministry of Digital Economy and Society pushes “DEPA” to drive economy, eyeing 500,000 digital entrepreneurs in 20 years to practically serve the country’s reform

Date: 19/05/2017 | Center

Following the government’s Thailand 4.0 policy, several sectors have adjusted their operations to conform with their key missions and many projects have been effectively implemented. Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DE) and Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) have supported development and creation of infrastructure to drive the digital economy in every dimension based on an integrated cooperation of all sectors in an attempt to drive Thai economy over the next 20 years and create integrated development in terms of economy and society.

Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Digital Economy and Society, gave a special speech at DEPA: Enhance People Value for Every Dimension of Life that DEPA, which is under supervision of Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, aims at improving quality of life of all Thai people in every dimension with digital and innovation as it has realized that Thai economy in the next 20 years will be different because Thai society has dramatically changed. When looking around, we will see that electronic devices can connect everything which is called IoT. There are many applications for use to choose and easily download based on appropriateness, environment and purpose of use. 

Dr. Pichet added that while the public sector has applied electronic systems such as E-Government system, it needs to consider how it will benefit all people in the future with the sustainable E-Government services, educational system and strong community development as well as how to enable labors concentrated in the city to work upcountry with the use of digital and innovation. For example, a community rice mill can be turned into a community digital center which helps create local eco-tourism system, jobs and revenue for local people and which organization will take responsibilities for this project. In his opinion, manager of the community digital center should be a villager who will manage revenue and salary and attract newly graduates to work for the village instead of seeking jobs in the city.

“Ongoing major infrastructure improvements will be a significant transition which reflects a move from one society to another society with effective access to data and services through application of digital and innovation. It seems hard and difficult, but it is not impossible if we help create an integrated operation following the country’s road map in order to achieve the government’s digital economy policy and move forward to Thailand 4.0”. 

Dr. Nuttapon Nimmanpatcharin, director of Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), said during a seminar on “Elevation of Quality of Thai People’s Life in Every Dimension in Digital Economy Era” that elevation of quality of Thai people’s life over the next 20 years is about how to apply technology to upgrade society in every dimension and integrate several development plans. It is necessary to determine a data strategy to drive the digital economy in every industry along with implementation of special projects to bring better quality of life to the whole society with data and technology transmission such as a special project on Digital Park, Smart City Project, Smart EEC Project, Startup Project, new agriculture development project, industry and business development. Meanwhile, these projects need support and investment promotion and further development to all regions and provinces in order to prevent concentration in Bangkok only. This will conform to rapid changes in every dimension of society. Technology will be used to elevate the whole society and encourage digital economy in every area or digital industry clusters regarding hardware, software, digital service and digital content in a bid to promote investments and registration of new companies.

Dr. Nuttapon added that it includes development of 24,700 existing communities to promote data transition to the digital era and local people’s participation in driving digital economy in their community. DEPA will have volunteers who will provide training programs for local entrepreneurs to enable them to apply digital technology for maximum benefit of their business and further improvement of surrounding communities. Therefore, to drive Thailand’s digital economy over the next 20 years, we will not only focus on hardware or software, but also development of applications for all related industries or industrial clusters. DEPA has to explore which effective and practical innovation should be used in each area to ensure sustainability. It also has to work as a team to oversee all projects and study social and economic data in every dimension to determine strategies for each area, and more importantly, it should come up with long-term key performance indicators for sustainable integration.

“DEPA expects about 20,000 startups in the next 20 years and they are not just digital startups asking for funds to create the business model and sell their patents to other countries. All startups granted development funds have to work for the creative economy. Now there are 500,000 digital entrepreneurs in the industry, including new 50,000 hardware manufacturers, 80,000 foreign investors and 350,000 investors applying technology to their businesses, so their businesses should be effective and practical”, said Dr. Nuttapon.

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For more information, please contact
Waratchanan Phetnarong (Ann), Corporate Communication Department, Digital Economy Promotion Agency
Tel. 0 2141 7158 Email: ccd@depa.or.th
Duangkamon Bunmalert (Sai), public relations advisor, Digital Economy Promotion Agency
Tel. 08 9295 5830 Email: pr.depa@arip.co.th
 

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