The government is working to drive smart city development nationwide, where the aim is to use digital technology to improve people’s standard of living. Fifteen areas have now been certified as smart city implementation areas.
Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwon presided over a meeting of the National Smart City Steering sub-committee, which saw the attendance of Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn and representatives from the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), Smart City Thailand Office, and other relevant agencies.
The meeting acknowledged the work results of the sub-committee, which has handed out the Smart City logo to 15 recognized smart city implementation areas. Some of the smart city projects receiving the logo were Sam Yan Smart City, Khon Kaen Smart City, Phuket Smart City, the Phadung Krung Kasem Canal smart city development project, Yala Smart City, and Nakhon Sawan Smart City. All 15 areas will receive investment promotion support from the Thailand Board of Investment.
The meeting also acknowledged the announcing of 50 smart city promotion areas throughout the country and deliberated smart city-related work plans proposed by DEPA to drive the smart city-related budgets of local administrations and relevant agencies.
Gen. Prawit asked all involved to contribute toward the development of smart cities in Thailand, which is a national agenda and is part of the 13th National Economic and Social Development Plan. (NNT)