The Financial Services Authority (OJK) seeks to promote the growth of a digital ecosystem in the financial services industry. This is to facilitate the rapid growth of digital commercial and financial activity.
Nurhaida, the Deputy Chairman of the OJK Board of Commissioners, mentioned that “ acceleration is in accordance with consumer trends and that people’s lives are becoming more digitally oriented. Not only that, but the financial services sector’s digitalisation ecosystem will prioritise consumer security and personal data protection to ensure that digital financial services are simple, inexpensive, quick, convenient, and secure.
“The growing digital financial ecosystem is expected to accelerate the pace of digitalisation of the financial industry while increasing financial inclusion for the wider community. In the end, this will be able to realise equitable development and improve people’s welfare,” said Nurhaida.
OJK has established several policies and regulations for the financial services sector to preserve, support, and expand Indonesia’s digital economy, which is based on four primary requirements: being innovative, collaborative, inclusive, and protecting consumer and data protection elements. The Digital Financial Innovation Roadmap and the 2020-2024 Action Plan contain the policies and provisions.
Regulatory and supervisory policies meant to encourage the growth of digital financial innovation in Indonesia are included in this roadmap and action plan. OJK has also established OJK Infinity (OJK Innovation Centre for Digital Financial Technology), which serves as a fintech learning and innovation centre, a platform for coordination and collaboration with key stakeholders, and a regulatory sandbox laboratory.
In November 2021, OJK developed 82 registered digital Financial Innovation (IKD) providers, which are divided into 15 business model clusters. Aggregators, financial advisors, creative credit scoring, insurtech, Insurehub, and wealthtech are examples of these types of companies.
According to the report, OJK has also established technology-based supervision by developing data-based supervisory technology (suptech) and regulatory technology (regtech) in response to the financial services industry’s level of complexity, scale, readiness, and development.
Suptech is the creative application of information technology by authorities or supervisors to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their tasks. Regtech, on the other hand, is the Financial Services Industry’s creative use of information technology to make reporting compliance duties and regulatory compliance more efficient and effective. Regtech’s primary functions are regulatory monitoring, reporting, and compliance.
OpenGov Asia reported, the Indonesian Government is trying to create a digital ecosystem, which aims to boost potential benefits and mitigate possible risks in the era of disruption, according to a recent press release.
The coordinating minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution explained that the role of the government, monetary authorities, and financial sector authorities is increasingly important in facing the dynamics of digital economic development.
All three are expected to act as regulators, facilitators, and accelerators. The first is maintaining the same level of playing field for all digital economy players. The second is the implementation of enforcement and accountability. Digital surveillance must be clear and accompanied by fair penalties, which would provide a deterrent effect on violators. Violations include the misuse of personal data.
The third is the development of a telecommunications infrastructure project. The Government has already addressed this through the construction of the Palapa Ring, a 36,000-kilometre optic fibre project in the country. The fourth is the creation of policies that support the matching of human resources with the skills required by the industry.
The fifth is to put in place a set of rules that will control unhealthy cross-border trading practices. Mechanisms to monitor and ensure imported products that enter the country via e-commerce are needed. The sixth is economic transformation, which is designed to change the subsistence economic order into an organisation based on added value and competitiveness.
The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is spearheading an initiative to propel the nation’s capabilities in healthcare, Industry 4.0-driven manufacturing, and supply chain and logistics through the transformative power of 5G. This groundbreaking endeavour, known as the S$30 million 5G Innovation Programme, is not just a step forward but a giant leap into a future where innovation reshapes industries.
Launched in 2021, the 5G Innovation Programme is a testament to Singapore’s commitment to embracing emerging technologies. IMDA has forged strategic partnerships with key enterprises, including the National University Health System (NUHS).
In the healthcare industry, Singapore’s forward-thinking tech innovators, in collaboration with NUHS, have harnessed 5G to revolutionise patient care. The introduction of Mixed Reality-based Holomedicine in operating theatres stands out as a groundbreaking achievement.
This innovative approach not only enhances patient care but also redefines the entire healthcare experience. Announced in 2022, the initiative marks the Asia Pacific’s inaugural deployment of indoor private Enterprise 5G mobile edge computing (MEC) for Mixed Reality and Holomedicine capabilities in health tech.
A significant stride in healthcare also involves a collaboration with Republic Power to deploy 5G-enabled unmanned medical booths. These “Medbots” represent Asia’s first 5G-enabled unmanned pre-screening and teleconsultation medical booths. Equipped with state-of-the-art hygiene and safety systems, these booths support remote health screening and video consultations, offering an enhanced user experience that aligns with the demands of a digital era.
The impact of 5G extends beyond healthcare, permeating the realms of Industry 4.0-driven manufacturing, supply chain, and logistics. Collaborations with ST Engineering and DB Schenker have given rise to groundbreaking applications.
For instance, Singapore’s first 5G-enabled Digital Twin has been implemented for a logistics and supply chain company transforming warehouse and manufacturing operations, quality control, and customer experience. Simultaneously, ST Engineering’s 5G-Enabled Industry 4.0 Smart Factory boasts one of Singapore’s first 5G-enabled collaborative robots, revolutionising manufacturing processes.
Dr Ong Chen Hui, Assistant Chief Executive of the Biztech Group at IMDA, emphasised the agency’s commitment to architecting Singapore’s digital future. The goal is to build capabilities in various sectors powered by emerging technologies like 5G. IMDA’s collaboration with forward-looking companies signifies a concerted effort to unlock the full spectrum of benefits that 5G offers across a wide range of sectors.
As Singapore propels itself into the future, the 5G Innovation Programme stands as a testament to the nation’s dedication to progress. The partnerships with key enterprises underscore a collective effort to reshape, redefine, and transform industries across the country.
Singapore is not merely embracing change; it is pioneering a future where technology catalyses innovation and progress. The journey has just begun, and Singapore is at the forefront, shaping the narrative of a technologically advanced and future-ready nation.
The comprehensive initiative serves as a catalyst, propelling Singapore into a new era of digital prowess. It is not merely an adoption of advanced technologies; rather, it is a strategic alignment with the needs of the future, recognising the pivotal role technology plays in shaping economic landscapes on a global scale.
The 5G Innovation Programme signifies Singapore’s commitment to sustainable economic growth. By embracing technology as a driver of progress, Singapore is not just securing its current standing; it is laying the foundation for a resilient and forward-thinking economy. The emphasis on sustainability in this digital transformation ensures that growth is not just rapid but also enduring, with an eye towards environmental and social responsibility.
Chengdu has placed its sights on catalysing digital transformation to connect with the dynamic landscape of scientific and technological innovation. With this, the Municipal Development and Reform Commission recently organised a major scheduling meeting for the Digital Transformation Promotion Centre, bringing together key participants in the province’s digital progress.
The recently held meeting convened influential figures from 19 provincial-level digital transformation promotion centres, district and county development and reform departments, and pivotal enterprises within the city. The goal was to enhance the city’s digital transformation promotion service capabilities and fast-track the realisation of a modern industrial system.
The proceedings unfolded with a comprehensive report from the High Technology Department of the Municipal Development and Reform Commission, shedding light on the progress of the city’s digital transformation promotion centre and unveiling the initial evaluation results.
The exchange of ideas extended beyond city borders, with experts from the Sichuan Provincial Digital Economy Development Centre offering insights, interpretation, and guidance on policies supporting the digital transformation initiative.
Highlighting the diverse facets of digital transformation, representatives from various sectors shared their experiences. These exchanges delved into the construction nuances of supporting, regional, and industry-specific digital transformation promotion centres, emphasising a multifaceted approach to catalysing change.
Concrete examples from food technology elucidated the transformative power of digitalisation in their respective industries, showcasing the tangible benefits accrued through embracing cutting-edge technologies. From enhanced processing efficiency in aviation equipment manufacturing to streamlined collaboration in biopharmaceutical production, the ripple effects of digital transformation were tangible.
Chengdu’s strategic position as a hub node in the computing power network has been pivotal in propelling the city’s digital drives. The initiative to construct a ‘smart Chengdu’ serves as the cornerstone for iterative upgrades and the demonstration of emerging technologies, products, business formats, and models. This concerted effort aims to foster innovative development within the digital economy.
The city’s proactive stance has yielded approval for 19 provincial-level digital transformation promotion centres. This includes 10 support centres, 2 regional centres, and 7 industry centres, collectively constituting over 50% of the total number in the province. The coverage extends across strategic areas like Tianfu New District and key industrial chains such as electronic information, equipment manufacturing, and medicine and health.
Success stories were brought to the forefront during the meeting, showcasing the tangible impact of digital transformation. For instance, the Chengdu Aircraft Digital Transformation Promotion Centre has significantly boosted the processing efficiency of the aviation equipment industry chain. Similarly, the Kelun Pharmaceutical Digital Transformation Promotion Centre has facilitated intelligent collaboration in biopharmaceutical production, reducing costs and optimising inventory turnover.
The initiatives underscored the imperative to align with national, provincial, and municipal mandates for deepening the integration of the digital economy with the real economy. A call to action resonated, urging a focus on the high-level construction of Sichuan Provincial Digital Transformation Promotion Centres.
Likewise, the emphasis on harnessing the transformative potential of computing power, algorithms, and data highlights Chengdu’s unwavering commitment to catalysing industry-wide development. The city recognises the pivotal role that advanced computing capabilities, sophisticated algorithms, and insightful data analytics play in propelling industries forward.
By leveraging robust computing power, industries in Chengdu can not only streamline their operations but also enhance their overall efficiency. This translates into faster processing times, heightened accuracy, and the ability to handle complex tasks with unprecedented precision.
The infusion of advanced algorithms further augments this initiative by introducing intelligent decision-making processes that adapt and evolve, ensuring that industries remain agile in dynamic market landscapes.
Hong Kong, a dynamic global financial centre and a historical node for the Chinese diaspora, stands as a vibrant hub for tech and trade. Hong Kong’s start-up ecosystem is thriving. In 2022, the number of start-ups in Hong Kong grew by 6% to 3,985, employing nearly 15,000 people.
Hong Kong’s innovation and technology sector together with that of Shenzhen and Guangzhou – the Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Guangzhou science and technology cluster – ranks as the world’s second performing according to the Global Innovation Index 2023.
Biotechnology, artificial intelligence, smart city and financial technologies were identified as the four key areas for Hong Kong’s innovation and technology industry. The city’s expenditure in absolute amount on research and development has almost doubled compared to a decade ago.
With opportunities brought by the Guangdong‑Hong Kong‑Macao Greater Bay Area development, Hong Kong is set to further capitalise on its advantages in R&D capabilities, technological infrastructure, legal system and intellectual property.
The region intends to spearhead the I&T industry and act as a business platform for companies looking to access the Asia market (and China in particular), or for innovative mainland companies seeking to go international.
There is a sharp focus on pivotal tech-driven sectors – healthcare, youth development, and the Greater Bay Area (GBA) – that have the potential to shape Hong Kong’s business trajectory. From cutting-edge healthcare advancements to fostering youth entrepreneurship and capitalising on the economic powerhouse that is the GBA, the pathways for innovation and collaboration will be determined.
Its pivotal role in the global business landscape is further accentuated by the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide (FHKBAW), a sprawling network uniting 47 associations across 36 countries and regions. With a membership boasting nearly 11,000 executives and professionals worldwide, this federation serves as a linchpin for a diverse global business community.
An annual Hong Kong Forum, jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Federation, emerges as a pivotal event drawing in business leaders and tech innovators. Scheduled for 5th and 6th December, the 24th iteration promises an inspiring convergence of minds, ideas, and opportunities.
Sessions will explore the intricacies of navigating Hong Kong’s ever-evolving business landscape. Experts will elaborate on Hong Kong’s prowess as a global business platform and delve into how cultural exchange through the West Kowloon Cultural District could further elevate Hong Kong’s global cultural imprint.
As tech, innovation, and global business intertwine, Hong Kong is a testament to its unwavering commitment to fostering collaboration, innovation, and growth across industries that define the future.
The startup ecosystem is rapidly expanding and diversifying, stretching beyond conventional hubs like San Francisco and London to embrace emerging powerhouses like Hong Kong. Simultaneously, within the ASEAN region, burgeoning economies are evolving into significant nodes of innovation and entrepreneurship in their own right.
Acknowledging the borderless nature of the digital entrepreneurial landscape, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council unveiled Start-up Express International last year. This global iteration of its longstanding local entrepreneurship development programme acknowledges and taps into the interconnectedness of the worldwide startup community.
Hong Kong has launched multiple initiatives in line with its goal to expand its digital economy and propel technological advancements. Cyberport is Hong Kong’s digital technology flagship and incubator for entrepreneurship with over 2,000 members including over 900 onsite and close to 1,100 offsite start-ups and technology companies.
With a vision to become Hong Kong’s digital technology hub and stimulate a fresh economic impetus, Cyberport is dedicated to cultivating a dynamic tech environment.
This commitment involves nurturing talent, encouraging youth entrepreneurship, aiding start-ups, fostering industry growth through strategic partnerships with local and international entities, and driving digital transformation across public and private sectors, bridging new and traditional economies.
The game industry in Vietnam has emerged as a promising domain, yet it grapples with hurdles demanding immediate attention to unlock its full potential. In an era where global gaming numbers surged to nearly 3.2 billion players, generating a massive US$182.9 billion in 2022, Vietnam aims to solidify its stance in this evolving landscape.
Vu Quoc Huy, Director of the Vietnam National Innovation Centre (NIC), identifies the game industry as a pivotal sector crucial for the nation’s scientific, technological, and innovative growth trajectory. With an annual revenue surpassing US$500 million and a strong foothold as Southeast Asia’s fifth-largest revenue generator, Vietnam’s gaming landscape thrives. Over 50% of the population engages in gaming for entertainment purposes, signalling a robust market demand.
Huy underscores the industry’s capacity to foster high-value jobs in programming and design, presenting an opportunity to propel Vietnam’s global position within value chains. The country currently ranks second in game downloads within Southeast Asia, witnessing a steady annual growth rate of approximately 10%. Globally, Vietnam clinches a position among the top 10 for download numbers and the top 30 for revenue generation.
The country boasts a talented pool of programmers capable of creating games meeting the stringent standards for Google and Apple stores. Apple estimates approximately 180,000 Vietnamese are actively engaged in mobile app development, with the game industry housing the majority.
The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) emphasises Vietnam’s rank as the seventh-largest global mobile game distributor, attributing Vietnamese developers to nearly half of the world’s renowned games. Yet, there’s a push to increase the industry’s revenue from US$600 million to a lofty US$1 billion within the next five years.
Vietnam’s game industry, with its remarkable growth trajectory and burgeoning talent pool, stands at the cusp of a transformative phase. Despite this burgeoning success, challenges persist. Addressing hurdles in infrastructure, market expansion, and skill development will be pivotal to realising its immense potential and securing a formidable position in the global gaming arena.
At the fore, Vietnam’s game industry grapples with entrenched social stigmas and a host of structural deficiencies that hinder its growth. The prevailing societal bias against gaming, perceiving it as addictive, detrimental, and resource-intensive, casts a shadow over the industry’s prospects.
Le Quang Tu Do, Director of the MIC’s Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information, highlights critical issues, including policy inadequacies, limited financial support, and a dearth of local game competitiveness in the global market. Moreover, the absence of a robust ecosystem and collaborative efforts among businesses stifles the industry’s progress, hindering the discovery of high-quality Vietnamese games by distributors.
A significant obstacle lies in the shortage of skilled human resources, with estimates suggesting a need for up to 30,000 qualified personnel in the game industry. To transform the industry into a robust and competitive landscape, Vu Quoc Huy, NIC Director, advises cultivating an internationally adept workforce and fostering a cohesive ecosystem where stakeholders collaborate and uplift each other.
Others advocate official recognition of the game industry as an economic sector and a pivotal driver of the digital economy. Acknowledging the need for an appropriate management strategy and development roadmap underscores the necessity of societal and governmental acknowledgement to attract foreign investment and solidify the industry’s position.
The MIC has outlined a developmental roadmap spanning 2022 to 2027, centring on addressing critical issues such as policy frameworks, market regulation, and manpower development. Initiatives encompass facilitating partnerships between domestic developers and international counterparts, alongside efforts to entice foreign investment entities into Vietnam’s burgeoning gaming sector.
As the MIC steers the developmental trajectory and industry stakeholders converge to address these challenges, Vietnam’s game industry holds the promise of a transformative evolution towards global competitiveness and economic significance.
Vietnam’s burgeoning e-commerce sector is poised to surge to an estimated US$20.5 billion this year, cementing its pivotal role within the national digital economy. A recent conference hosted by the Vietnam E-commerce and Digital Economy Agency shed light on the monumental growth and challenges within this domain.
Deputy Minister Do Thang Hai underscored the transformative landscape of the domestic e-commerce market, highlighting the emergence of a robust secondary service supply system. This system encompasses an array of technology platform services dedicated to fortifying e-commerce transactions, spanning from marketing services to online communications and streamlined delivery services.
Addressing the hurdles impeding the sector’s seamless growth, Hai identified pivotal challenges relating to the traceability of goods, safeguarding personal information, and the optimization of logistics infrastructure. To surmount these challenges, he advocated for the bolstering of initiatives such as Online Friday, a flagship online shopping event aimed at propelling sustainable development within the e-commerce market while staunchly safeguarding the rights and interests of consumers and industry stakeholders.
Hai stressed the necessity of experts collaborating on strategic roadmaps for the sustainable evolution of Vietnam’s e-commerce sphere. He emphasized the indispensable role of both the government and businesses in championing digital technology solutions to augment the e-commerce ecosystem’s vitality.
The conference served as a unifying platform, where regulatory bodies, e-commerce platforms, payment intermediaries, and banking institutions pledged their commitment to fortify the digital landscape and ensure the protection of consumers and stakeholders engaging in e-commerce transactions.
A pivotal segment of the conference encompassed a seminar dedicated to exploring digital ecosystem solutions tailored to bolster the protection mechanisms for consumers and stakeholders navigating the vibrant e-commerce landscape in Vietnam.
The collective commitment displayed at the conference underscores a concerted drive towards fortifying the e-commerce ecosystem, recognizing its pivotal role in propelling the nation’s digital economy forward. As Vietnam’s e-commerce landscape continues to evolve, collaborative efforts and strategic advancements in digital technology solutions are anticipated to shape a resilient and consumer-centric framework, fostering sustainable growth and consumer trust within this burgeoning sector.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) is keen to spearhead initiatives to propel local businesses onto the global stage, while the Ministry of Information and Communications strategies for secure and sustainable digital infrastructure development.
MoIT recently unveiled an ambitious plan to propel Vietnamese businesses onto the global stage through a cutting-edge initiative. At the core of this strategy is the selection of 100 exceptional enterprises for the “Vietnam Pavilion” on a leading B2B e-commerce platform, slated to revolutionise the landscape of international trade.
This innovative programme seeks to champion the diverse array of “Made in Vietnam” products, fuel international trade endeavours, and facilitate seamless access for businesses to tap into the vast customer base of an established e-platform. By leveraging this expansive network, the initiative aims to illuminate Vietnam’s products and the prowess of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to a global audience.
Similarly, other ministries are looking to support national vision and ambitions. Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) is preparing to launch a strategic plan for international fibre-optic cable development, eyeing robust digital infrastructure growth and emphasising the country’s thriving internet economy.
The Ministry is designing a strategy for Vietnam’s international fibre-optic cable development that will soon released. This initiative aims to guarantee the secure and sustainable advancement of Vietnam’s digital infrastructure, according to Pham Duc Long, the Deputy Minister of MIC.
He pointed out that the existing lack of infrastructure presents an opportunity for Vietnam, as there is considerable room to develop it in new innovative and effective ways. He was speaking at the country’s Internet Day 2023 event with the theme “New Spaces, New Opportunities,” in Hanoi.
Bridging vast distances through technological innovation, the Aus4Innovation program stands as a testament to the collaboration between Australia and Vietnam. This partnership is harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to revolutionise various sectors, ranging from disaster response strategies to agricultural efficiency.
In the realm of disaster response and search and rescue, Aus4Innovation has played a pivotal role in facilitating the testing and scaling of AI technologies by Australian and Vietnamese innovators. One significant outcome of this collaboration is a research initiative between the University of Technology Sydney and Le Quy Don University in Vietnam.
Together, they are leveraging the latest advancements in digital transformation technologies, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and AI simulations, to develop a cutting-edge system for search and rescue training. This innovative approach allows rescue workers to engage in simulation training for diverse scenarios, minimising risks to both expensive equipment and, more importantly, lives. By practising in a safe environment, search and rescue workers can enhance their skills and mitigate potential tragic consequences during actual rescue efforts.
In the agricultural domain, the Aus4Innovation program has fostered a partnership between the University of Wollongong and a Vietnamese tech company. This collaboration has led to the creation of Smart Eye, an AI-driven system designed to monitor and assess the health of sugarcane.
Deployed across more than 25 thousand hectares in the Thanh Hoa province, Smart Eye integrates soil moisture sensors to provide farmers with crucial data on nutritional stress, water stress, and leaf diseases. Delivered through a user-friendly mobile app, this technology empowers farmers to make timely decisions to protect their crops and sustain productivity.
The successful adoption of Smart Eye by the largest buyer of sugarcane in Thanh Hoa, showcases the potential for customising and replicating this technology for other crops in Vietnam, spanning rice, fruits, vegetables, flowers, industrial crops, forestry, and aquaculture.
In the conservation sector, Aus4Innovation has contributed to transforming environmental management at Tram Chim National Park, one of Vietnam’s largest national parks. Challenges such as insufficient and irregular survey data, extreme weather conditions, and vast parklands were addressed by a collaboration between the University of Wollongong and Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology.
Leveraging AI, machine learning, and the Internet of Things (IoT), experts developed specialised tools for monitoring the park. These tools, including drones and monitoring stations, enable efficient data collection and analysis, offering insights into the park’s environment, health, water, soil, air quality, bird population, and early detection of fires. Park rangers and staff have been trained to operate these systems, enhancing their ability to make informed decisions for the park’s ecosystem.
The Aus4Innovation program, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and co-funded and managed by CSIRO, aligns with Australia’s commitment to supporting and strengthening Vietnam’s innovation ecosystem.
As part of Australia’s AI Month, the program underscores the nation’s dedication to responsible AI creation and adoption. The CSIRO National AI Centre plays a crucial role in advancing Australia’s AI expertise and capabilities, fostering a collaborative and focused AI ecosystem for the benefit of all Australians. Through such initiatives, Australia aims to secure a competitive global edge in artificial intelligence.
The Aus4Innovation program stands at the forefront of transformative technological collaborations between Australia and Vietnam. Through a profound integration of cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the Internet of Things, this partnership has yielded groundbreaking solutions across disaster response, agriculture, and environmental management. The success stories, from AI-driven search and rescue simulations to Smart Eye’s impact on sugarcane monitoring, underscore the potential of technology to address complex challenges and drive sustainable development.
As Australia spotlights its AI proficiency during AI Month, initiatives like the Aus4Innovation program exemplify the power of responsible and innovative technology adoption, setting the stage for a future where collaborative tech advancements foster resilience, efficiency, and positive change on a global scale.
The success of the social economy in this particular nation will experience an acceleration with the pervasive integration of digital technology. Infusing advanced technology into the social fabric fosters efficiency, connectivity, and innovation, creating an environment conducive to sustainable development.
Digital technology catalyses enhancing accessibility, transparency, and inclusivity within the social economy. From facilitating online transactions and fostering e-commerce to empowering local entrepreneurs, the positive impact of digitisation extends across diverse sectors. As citizens access essential digital skills and knowledge, they become active participants in the digital economy, contributing to the overall resilience and dynamism of the nation’s social and economic landscape.
Thailand has consistently championed the cause of fostering digital skill inclusivity, extending its efforts towards diverse segments of the population, including students, entrepreneurs, and individuals with disabilities. Recognising the transformative potential of digital literacy, the nation has embarked on comprehensive initiatives to bridge the gap and ensure that the benefits of the digital era are accessible to all.
In an effort towards fostering digital inclusivity and advancing economic and social development, Mr Prasert Chandraruangthong, the Minister of Digital Economy and Society (Minister of DE), inaugurated the Pho Tak Subdistrict Community Digital Centre.
This centre, equipped with the latest technology, aims to bridge the digital divide and empower citizens with essential digital skills. Further, including Mr Phuchapong Nodthaisong, Secretary-General of the National Digital Economy and Society Committee, Mr Teerawut Thongphak, Deputy Secretary-General of the National Digital Economy and Society Committee, and other figures in the field of policy management and information technology presided over the opening ceremony.
Accompanied by several governments from the provincial to the subdistrict, the government from the province welcomed the Pho Tak Subdistrict Administrative Organisation in Nong Khai Provincial to the subdistrict. Minister Prasert Chandraruangthong underscored the significance of the Community Digital Centre project, emphasising its alignment with the government’s commitment to leveraging digital technology for economic and societal progress. “Under the auspices of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission (NBTC) and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, this initiative is crucial in advancing the national economy and enhancing Thailand’s competitiveness globally,” he addressed. The government’s commitment is further underscored by establishing a robust digital infrastructure covering regions nationwide, ensuring widespread access to digital technology.
The Community Digital Centres are strategically placed in diverse locations, including temples, mosques, schools, and local government offices, catering to communities across all 77 provinces. With 500 locations already operational, the government plans to expand the network by establishing 1,722 community digital centres in 2023, bringing the total to 2,222 locations nationwide. The overarching goal is to create spaces that drive economic and social development, reducing disparities in access to digital technology.
Mr Phuchapong Nodthaisong, Secretary-General of the National Digital Economy and Society Committee, elaborated on the role of the community digital centre in empowering citizens, particularly the youth, with access to digital technology. These centres serve as dynamic learning spaces, fostering lifelong skills and knowledge.
Additionally, they act as hubs for economic and social activities within the community. Various knowledge-building activities are organised, from initiatives to developing digital talent and enhancing youth knowledge to promote early childhood education.
The centre also serves as a platform for community-level meetings, event planning, and cultivating online trading careers. In a strategic partnership with the country’s postal service enterprise, the centre opens avenues for the community to showcase local products through an online platform, promoting local products and traditions on a broader scale.
Mr Phuchapong asserted that the Pho Tak Subdistrict Community Digital Centre is a testament to Thailand’s commitment to creating a digitally inclusive society where every citizen can harness the benefits of digital technology for personal and community development. “As the digital landscape continues to evolve, such initiatives play a pivotal role in ensuring that every community is included in the digital era,” said Mr Phuchapong.