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Thailand’s Cloud New Policy Framework 

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Prasert Chandraruangthong, Minister of Digital Economy and Society, led the Digital Committee meeting for the National Economy and Society (DE Board). The forum’s focus was to advance the Cloud First Policy, aiming to provide comprehensive guidelines for its implementation. This strategic move is part of a broader initiative to enhance and expand the utilisation of Digital ID.

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Thailand has made strides in its digital transformation journey by introducing ThaID, a robust Digital ID system. ThaID stands as a testament to the country’s commitment to embracing digital innovation for the benefit of its citizens. This mobile application, developed by the Thai government, is a pioneering solution enabling users to verify their digital identity seamlessly through a facial recognition system. The application is designed to offer citizens a secure and convenient platform for managing and safeguarding their digital identities online, with a specific focus on mobile devices.

While acknowledging the progress made in Digital ID, the government also highlighted the need for regulations concerning the Cloud. Minister Prasert, accompanied by Special Professor Wisit Wisitsaratha and Mr Phuchapong Nodthaisong, approved the draft of the national policy and plan for digital development (No. 1/2023). This approval signifies a crucial stride towards a digitally driven and technologically advanced future.

The discussions during the meeting underscored the importance of addressing regulatory frameworks for cloud technologies. Despite the strides in Digital ID, ensuring a secure and well-regulated cloud environment is essential for fostering trust, data protection, and efficient utilisation of digital infrastructure.

The discussions and decisions during this session set the tone for the nation’s digital transformation journey. The Cloud First Policy, a central theme of the meeting, underscores the government’s commitment to prioritise cloud-based solutions in its digital infrastructure. This approach is expected to streamline operations, enhance efficiency, and foster innovation across various sectors.

Additionally, in the context of the Cloud First Policy, the meeting emphasised the expansion of Digital ID usage. Digital identification systems play a crucial role in enhancing security, efficiency, and accessibility in the digital realm. The commitment to further develop and expand Digital ID aligns with global trends towards secure and seamless digital interactions.

The green light given to the national policy and plan for digital development for the economy and society marks a significant milestone. This comprehensive framework guides the nation’s digital initiatives, ensuring a cohesive and strategic approach to technological advancement.

The presence of figures, including the Minister of DE, Permanent Secretary, and Secretary-General of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission, reflects the high-level commitment to driving digital transformation. Their collective expertise and leadership contribute to shaping policies that will propel the nation towards a digitally empowered future.

This session sets the tone for a strategic and coordinated approach to digital initiatives, ensuring they align with economic development and societal progress goals. It signifies a commitment to leveraging technology for the betterment of citizens, businesses, and the nation.

The outcomes and directions from this meeting will be communicated widely through electronic media, fostering transparency and public awareness regarding the nation’s digital development strategies. By sharing the decisions and guidelines through electronic media, the government emphasises its commitment to keeping the public informed and engaged in the digital transformation. This open communication fosters a sense of collective responsibility and inclusivity in shaping the nation’s digital future.

As Thailand advances into the digital era, the decisions made in this Digital Committee meeting set the groundwork for a progressive and resilient digital economy and society. As Thailand embarks on this digital transformation journey, the decisions made during this session serve as a blueprint for stakeholders across sectors. They provide a clear roadmap for businesses, educational institutions, government agencies, and citizens to align their efforts with the overarching digital development goals.


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