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Use of Digital Technology in National Development

24 September 2018 (Readers 789)


The Government has stressed the need to accelerate the use of digital technology as a major mechanism in mobilizing national development.


Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on 19 September 2018 presided over the opening of the international exhibition "Digital Thailand Big Bang 2018: Thailand Big Data at Challenger Hall 1-3, Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi province.


On this occasion, he also presented the Prime Ministers Digital Award 2018 to individuals and organizations with outstanding digital technology innovations. The awards are divided into five categories: Digital Youth of the Year, Digital Community of the Year, Digital Organization of the Year, Digital Startup of the Year, and Digital Entrepreneur of the Year.


Speaking on the topic "Big Data for National Development, the Prime Minister pointed out that digital technology would help Thailand achieve its 20-year National Strategy, apart from contributing to national economic and social development. It would also reduce social disparities through digital infrastructure being developed nationwide, especially the installation of high-speed internet connections through fiber optic cable in various villages.


In addition, he said, digital technology would generate more income to the people through e-commerce, as well as providing them with greater access to public services and upgrading the quality of life with public health services.


The Prime Minister stressed that technology has been devised to support the work of humans and not to replace humans. He expressed his concern about the misuse of digital technology, saying digital literacy is necessary.


He also urged the people to use social media with caution, as they might violate the law because of ignorance. Thailands new Computer Crime Act took effect on 24 May 2017, as the country is embarking on the journey toward digital transformation.


In the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2018, Thailand reached 39th place among 63 countries.




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