By USANEE MONGKOLPORN
THAILAND is considering hosting next year's "ITU Telecom World" event in Bangkok as part of the government's plan to promote a "digital economy" policy.
Information and Communications Technology Minister Uttama Savanayana yesterday met with Thares Punsri, chairman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, at the NBTC office to discuss hosting this international event. The event will focus on the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises and digital economy.
Uttama said his ministry would look into the details before making a final decision.
Thares said the NBTC was pleased to support the event by allocating some of its budget but had to wait for approval from the ICT Ministry.
NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith said the commission would allocate about Bt200 million to support the event under the condition that it should be open to the public free of charge.
Thailand hosted the event for the first time in 2013 at a cost of Bt250 million under the theme of “Embracing Change in a Digital World”. It drew more than 6,000 participants from 153 countries.
ITU Telecom World is an annual ICT event organised by ITU Telecom, part of the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations agency responsible for ICT-related issues.