The implementation of the development strategies under 26 key domains will be done through collaboration between 20 ministries.
General Prayuth Chan o-cha, the Prime Minister of Thailand, announced the Digital Government Plan 2017-2021 on March 8. The government aims to develop digital capabilities within all sectors, including agriculture, tourism, education, the medical profession, investment, disaster prevention, and public administration, in order to drive economic and social progress. To achieve this objective, digital technologies need to be incorporated into public services.
An integrated information network will be developed co-operatively by government agencies, with a focus on four key development models, namely Government Integration, Smart Operations, Citizen-Centric Services, and Driven Transformation.
General Prayuth said, “Within the next five years, the government will be transformed into Digital Government backed by the integration of operations and management among various government agencies. Smart technology and services will be fostered by a citizen-centric strategy aiming to accelerate Thailand in all aspects, both substantially and practically.”
In April 2016, the Cabinet approved the Three-Year Digital Government Development Plan (2016-2018) developed by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, in collaboration with the Electronic Government Agency (EGA). After the approval, the EGA added 8 domains (e Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, in collaboration with the EGA) to the initial list of 18 major domains. Subsequently, two new domains, were added, Digital Government infrastructure and government personnel qualification and the development plan advanced to the Five-Year Digital Government Development Plan (2017-2021).
The press release stated the below as target goals of Digital Government:
To achieve these goals, five development strategies have been delineated: 1) Development of People’s Quality of Life, 2) Maximized Competitiveness of the Business Sector, 3) Advancement of Public Security, 4) Enhanced Efficiency of the Public Sector and 5) Integration of Digital Government. Twenty ministries will collaborate for the implementation of these strategies.
The EGA developed monitoring measures to ensure that implementation is done as planned. In November 2016, EGA officially reported to the Digital Economy and Society Committee on with major focus on the following projects (Read an in-depth 2-part interview with Dr. Sak Segkhoonthod, CEO of EGA here)
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