(Picture from www.thaigov.go.th)
On 19 January 2017, participated in the TCT/TTA (Telecommunications Association of Thailand and Telecoms Association of Japan) Joint Seminar 2017 on “Public and Private Sector Collaboration for Digital Infrastructure”. This was attended by Mr. Bob Fox, Chairman of the ICT Working Group and EABC Policy Manager, Mr. Chaladbhum Temkasem. A key presentation at the event was the transformation of the industry in Japan and SOE reform, about which there are some important lessons for Thailand. The EABC ICT Conference of July 2013 here had a similar presentation from NTT (and BT). H.E. Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, the new Minister for Digital Economy and Society also provided a view on important areas of focus: 1. E-commerce, 2. E-Health and 3. E-Government. He also explained a plan for Innovation Park to attract private companies, multi-national companies and university research facilities. Open innovation is anticipated to bring foreign experts to Thailand.