Thailand government launches ambitious Cloud initiative

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The Thai government greenlit a new committee to spearhead its ambitious Cloud First Policy. This transformative initiative, revealed by an insider from the Government House, aims to transition the nation’s administration into a fully digital realm, harnessing the power of cloud technology.

The Cloud First Policy is designed to integrate cloud infrastructure across all governmental agencies, propelling Thailand towards its goal of becoming a regional cloud hub. The committee responsible for driving this policy will be led by the Digital Economy and Society Minister. The team will also include permanent secretaries from key ministries such as digital economy and society, interior, defence, finance, commerce, higher education, science, research and innovation.

Additionally, high-ranking officials from various influential agencies will join the board. These include directors and secretary-generals from the Digital Government Development Agency, the Digital Economy Promotion Agency, the Budget Bureau, the National Science and Technology Development Agency, the National Cyber Security Agency, the Office of the Personal Data Protection Commission, and the Thailand Board of Investment.

The primary duties of the Cloud First Policy board will involve overseeing the implementation of cloud usage policies, setting criteria and standards for cloud-based systems, and coordinating with relevant departments to manage cloud requirements. Moreover, the committee will focus on developing robust cloud ecosystems and supervising cloud-related procurement processes. This extensive framework will operate under the guidelines approved by the Office of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission, following related laws, reported The Nation.

In related news, Phuket has been declared Thailand’s most technologically advanced province among 23 smart provinces, while Wangchan Valley in Rayong clinched the top spot in the city category, according to a report by the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA).

In other news, AutoStore, a leading automated fulfilment system company based in Norway, has chosen Thailand for its second overseas robot manufacturing base to strategically position itself closer to key markets.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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