BANGKOK, 11th September 2017 (NNT)

A Deputy Prime Minister has indicated that the government will be promoting five innovations as part of its Thailand 4.0 aspirations. 

Deputy Prime Minister ACM Prajin Junthong, speaking at the “Thailand 4.0: Views from German Alumni” seminar, organized by the Thai-Germany Alumni Association under Royal Patronage to mark its 50th anniversary, stated that in achieving the Thailand 4.0 agenda, the government has acknowledged the importance of utilizing technology for development. He further explained that during the first 5 years of the 20-year national strategy, the state will be driving five areas of innovation, namely; robotics and automation, automatic industrial and medical systems, digital technology, food and agriculture and petrochemicals and energy. 

Director of Model Factories for the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Panit Kijsuban meanwhile drew comparisons between Thailand 4.0 and the Industry 4.0 concept of Germany. He pointed out the German goal was to create new economies through innovation and to make existing industries more resilient to change, saying that while the aims of the two national agendas are different, Thailand can still learn from Germany, especially in terms of adaptation according to current circumstances and the need for the participation of all sides. He called on those at the forefront of innovation to lead the charge towards regulation changes that will foster more development. 

Source: National News Bureau of Thailand

Illustration Photo: RoboCup@Home Thailand team prepares at RoboCup 2013 in Eindhoven (NL) (credits: RoboCup2013 / Flickr Creative Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

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