Prime Minister calls for clear digital economy plans to be drafted


Bangkok – The Prime Minister has called for each of the ministries of the cabinet to draft plans in line with the government’s 20 year Digital Economy strategy.

Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has chaired a meeting of the commission established to transition the nation’s economy and society to the digital era at Government House. At the beginning of the meeting, the premier made known he wants all ministries of the government to outline clear plans based on the 12th National Economic and Social Development Board blueprint, which outlines a 20 year plan for national development. He asserted that the plans are needed to ensure that once general elections take place, the new government will be able to move forward with national reforms.

Among the meeting’s agendas was the presentation of a master plan for the development of a digital society and economy and a plan proposed by Electronic Government Agency Plc (EGA). Both adhere to the government’s 20 year plan, which is divided into 5 year phases.

The first phase of the plan utilizes proposals by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and Ministry of Education to create networking infrastructure. The Information Ministry is to set up 10 thousand high speed internet relays to give the public wider access to Free Wi-Fi. Relevant laws to implement the plan are to be concluded within this year.