February 28, 2024

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Thailand: Digital Empowerment for Government Personnel

Enhancing digital competencies among government personnel in Thailand is paramount. Mr Charin Teerathiyangkun, Director of TDGA Institute, along with Dr Suphawan Tharaphokakul, Senior Digital Advisor, welcomed Mr Damien O’Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of the ICDL Foundation from the European Union. The meeting aimed to foster and explore avenues for collaboration.

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During the meeting, discussions revolved around identifying potential areas of partnership, such as training programmes, knowledge exchange initiatives, and capacity-building projects. Both parties expressed mutual interest in leveraging their expertise to empower government personnel with essential digital skills necessary for navigating the increasingly digitised landscape.

Additionally, they deliberated on strategies to ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of their collaborative efforts in advancing digital literacy and proficiency across various sectors of the Thai government.

Mr Charin Teerathiyangkun said that embracing the digital revolution is imperative for Thailand’s progression in the global landscape. Thus, the discussion centred on adopting ICDL international standards to foster digital skills among government employees.

This collaboration aims to provide comprehensive guidelines for digital skill development, aligning with international benchmarks. By upskilling and re-skilling the digital workforce to meet these standards, Thailand aims to position itself as a digital hub within the ASEAN region.

The journey towards integrating the ICDL Foundation’s digital standards in Thailand commenced in 2012. Since then, several strides have been made, including the establishment of the ICDL International Standards Examination Centre. This centre serves as a hub for disseminating knowledge and best practices in accordance with ICDL standards.

Furthermore, Thailand boasts 19 ICDL-approved test centres, including governmental bodies like the Ministry of Education, the Office of the Vocational Education Commission, and the Office of the Civil Service Commission. Additionally, entities such as the Professional Qualification Institute, the Digital Council for the Economy and Society of Thailand, and eight key digital associations play pivotal roles in this initiative.

Notably, over 50,000 Thai digital professionals have undergone development and evaluation processes aligned with ICDL standards. This signifies a significant leap towards enhancing the nation’s digital workforce and ensuring they meet global expectations.

The strategic collaboration between TDGA Institute, ICDL Foundation, and various stakeholders underscores Thailand’s commitment to digital transformation. By leveraging internationally recognised standards, the nation aims to address the evolving demands of the digital economy. This collaborative effort is not merely about skill development but also about fostering innovation, efficiency, and competitiveness.

The implications of this collaboration extend beyond governmental institutions. As Thailand advances its digital agenda, there will be ripple effects across industries, driving economic growth and societal advancement. By equipping its workforce with advanced digital competencies, Thailand is poised to attract foreign investment, foster entrepreneurship, and propel innovation.

Moreover, the emphasis on digital skills aligns with the broader vision of sustainable development. In a rapidly evolving technological landscape, nations must prioritise building a skilled workforce capable of navigating digital complexities. By investing in digital education and training, Thailand lays the groundwork for a more inclusive and resilient society.

The digitalisation of government services is another critical aspect of this collaboration. By adhering to international standards, Thailand aims to enhance the efficiency, transparency, and accessibility of public services. This digital transformation not only streamlines administrative processes but also improves citizen engagement and satisfaction.

Looking ahead, the partnership between TDGA Institute and ICDL Foundation sets a precedent for future collaborations in the digital realm. As technology continues to evolve, so too must our approach to digital education and skill development. By fostering a culture of continuous learning and adaptation, Thailand is poised to thrive in the digital age.

The meeting between TDGA Institute, ICDL Foundation, and key stakeholders marks a commitment to Thailand’s digital journey. By embracing international standards and fostering collaboration, the nation is well-positioned to lead the ASEAN region in digital innovation and excellence. This strategic partnership underscores Thailand’s consistency in building a future-ready workforce and driving sustainable growth through digitalisation.


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