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DEPA CEO Programme: Building the Next Generation of Digital Leaders in Thailand


The Digital Economy Promotion Agency’s (depa) 6th annual Digital Economy Promotion Leadership Program (Digital CEO) is keen to provide useful digital information across industries and technology to better the nation.

Depa understands that the strength of a country is proportional to its ability to invest in its top executives, both in the public and private sectors. Policy and planning administration in the age of the digital economy will be affected. High-level executives can better assess, synthesise, and apply knowledge to real-world problems and contribute to the future growth of their country if they have the education they need to do so.

As a result, the Digital Economy Promotion Leadership Program (Digital CEO) was launched to foster the next generation of digital leaders and boost the nation’s economic competitiveness. Since its inception in 2018, the Digital Economy Promotion Leadership Program (Digital CEO) has graduated five cohorts’ worth of executives from both the public and commercial sectors.

In the age of the digital economy, the deployment of strategies and plans will be affected by technological developments. Therefore, a top priority is building a more robust network of influential businesspeople who can dissect, examine and repurpose their strategies for the nation’s future.

At a recent iteration, depa shared expertise from some of the most prominent names in Blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, financial technology, digital manufacturing, and up-to-date corporate management.

Topics included Digital Transformation, Digital Innovation, Digital Economy, Digital Society, Smart City and Changes in Technology Application which touched on Blockchain, IoT, AI, Cyber Security, Data Analytics, 5G, the Cloud, and other emerging technologies.

Some key issues included coping in a post-pandemic world and deploying agile organisational transformation strategies to manage challenges that have arisen from COVID-19. Other frontiers in blockchain, FinTech and cryptocurrencies were also explored, as were some areas with great potential in the digital world like gaming, esports and eCommerce.

Business leaders that have completed the Digital Economy Promotion Leadership Program gain new knowledge to be better prepared for the future. They expect to take the lessons learned at the conference and implement them successfully inside their own company.

The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) aims to promote and assist industrial development and digital innovation and the Digital Economy Promotion Leadership Programme (Digital CEO) does just that. They recognise to effectively propel the social economy, it is necessary to create and spread awareness of the use of digital technology to better the economy, society, culture, and national security.

Recently, as reported by OpenGov Asia, three provinces in Thailand – Phetchaburi, Chai Nat and Ratchaburi – have been urged to execute the swift implementation of the country’s smart city and digital economy initiatives. The Digital Economy Promotion Agency met with directors and representatives from each region to promote the proposed plans. Initial meetings and planning to promote digital economy regulation and smart city programmes were conducted for the three provinces and are in line with national digital ambitions.

Thailand has also expedited digitalisation in the tourism industry with a 5G use case pilot project in Phuket and had discussions on how to apply digital solutions in the tourism sector over the next ten years. The pilot project aims to use 5G technology to boost decision-making confidence in the tourism industry by providing real-time data.

The high-speed new-generation internet will aid in surveillance and environmental measurement, boosting company confidence domestically and internationally. Puchphong also visited and followed up on the findings of the National Emergency Call Center 191 Phuket, located within Phuket Sandbox Propulsion.

The nation has been supporting initiatives that will help them meet national ambitions. In an exclusive interview with OpenGov Asia, Dr Chris Aurand, Open Innovation Leader at Thai Union Group, PCL, shared the company’s strategies and solutions aimed at addressing gaps in the food sector. He is keen to explore the potential to drive innovation in the food industry while striking a balance between commercial viability, sustainability and health concerns.


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