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Closing the Gap: The Expansion of Digital Community Centres in Thailand

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Chaiwut Thanakmanusorn, Minister of Digital Economy and Society, discussed the digital community centre project, which is part of the government’s policy “Thailand 4.0” aimed at using digital technology to drive the economy and society. More than 500 of these digital community centres can be found all around the country at this point, and the project hopes to expand that number to 1,722 by 2023.

Children, teenagers and adults alike benefit from the community centres’ emphasis on lifelong education and internet commerce, which can help drive local economies. It’s also a boost to the area’s internet availability and will help to close the digital divide and provide more access to data and government services for local residents.

Government efforts to encourage the widespread use of digital technology have resulted in a more equitable distribution of digital infrastructure, allowing more people in the community to benefit from its advantages.

At the event, Puchaphong Nodthaisong, the National Digital Economy and Society Commission’s Secretary General spoke about the Ban Thang Wai School’s participation in the Universal Basic Telecommunication and Social Services Plan’s 5th Strategic Action Plan, which entails the development of an ecosystem for sustainable community digital centres.

The school will supply its students with twenty-six pieces of technological equipment (including desktop computers, laptops and tablets), as well as access to high-speed internet and information and communications technology (ICT) labs. Printing, scanning, a shared workspace and staff and community member training are just some of the ways in which this new equipment will be put to use at the centre for learning.

The “2nd Digital Tourism Business Matching” event was also launched under Chaiwut’s direction in Prachuap Khiri Khan. This event was hosted by the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) as part of their project “Open the City, Open Thai Tourism with Digital,” which aims to promote digital literacy and increase online engagement.

Entrepreneurs and others invested in Thailand’s tourist sector can network with digital networks, startups and digital service providers to discuss strategies for reviving the sector. The DGA’s strategic plan aims to accelerate the development of government-friendly corporate systems. Dr Suphot Thienwut, DGA Director, Presented Project Results and Three-Year Master Plan for Doing Business Portal Roadmap to Facilitate Business Systems Project.

A roadmap and toolkit for facilitating business approval, permit and government service processes will be outlined in the Master Plan. Achieving higher rankings on measures like the Ease of Doing Business Index and The Competitiveness of Thailand was a primary objective of the plan.

Thailand has also actively promoted AI as a commercial resource. The use of AI in government enhances transparency and ensures that all citizens have equal access to government initiatives and services. To make headway in the field of AI, it’s necessary to adapt to the present and provide a hand with resource management. In Thailand, the OpenAI HackFest premiered with the theme “The First Open AI Hack Fest: Revolutionising Business with Open AI.”

The Head of the Digital Economy Promotion Agency, Nattapat Aikpol, is confident that artificial intelligence would greatly boost production and supplement human labour in a wide variety of fields. As a result of this endeavour, new digital resources and approaches to problems in these areas will be developed. He wants to make sure that depa has systems in place to sell and support any innovations or solutions that might come out of this effort. The depa Digital Startup Fund process will aid the organisation in transforming its ideas into a sustainable business.


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