For some time I, and many others, have been writing about how investing in broadband access and digital technologies would dramatically improve business and lives in Thailand. There is huge benefit to SME's, transparency of government, consumer protection, healthcare, education, financial transactions, retail, customs, company start-ups, reducing unnecessary bureaucracy and even ensuring our aging population can keep working for companies from their homes.
There is one substantial advantage with technology in being behind and that is leap-frogging older technologies to be in front. But it requires strategy and exceptional execution over many government organisations to make it happen (which is why the UK had a Digital Envoy reporting direct to the PM).
It is a great aspiration! It will require exceptional collaboration and execution to be successful.
The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry will embark on three strategic digital initiatives by year-end to facilitate the emergence of "Thailand 4.0" -- a sustainable, value-based economy. Building digital communities, establishing digital parks for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and creating digital innovative start-up networks are the government's three digital initiatives to be rolled out this year. "The government sector can play a crucial role in building an environment and regulations related to the development of the economy and businesses in order to drive the country towards the digital era through the 'Digital Thailand' scheme," said ICT Minister Uttama Savanayana.