7 Thai govt agencies join up to help digitise country’s public sector
Seven government agencies are collaborating to digitise Thailand’s public sector and help other agencies transition towards becoming paperless in the next six months.
Wisit Wisitsora-at, director of the Strategic Transformation Office (STO), which initiated this project, said at a launching ceremony on Friday that the aim is to make the entire bureaucracy digital. The ceremony was held at Sukosol Hotel in Bangkok.
“All agencies in the digital environment are joining hands, including the Digital Economy and Society [DES] Ministry and STO,” he said.
“With this collaboration, we will ensure that every agency can transition from using paper to an electronic documentation system,” Wisit explained.
Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam welcomed the collaboration, saying that creating an e-documentation system would provide a critical foundation for a digital government.
He said this digitising process had been delayed for several years because most agencies lack the impetus for change.
“I believe it will be easier to create an electronic documentation system if all agencies are open-minded and ready for change,” Wissanu said.
Meanwhile, Wisit said to help each agency accelerate its use of an e-documentation system, STO and its partners have created an e-document catalogue for each government agency. They have also created a troubleshooting platform and put a help team on standby.
“We are monitoring the developments and I believe it will be successfully completed within six months,” he said, adding that this digitisation will help make the bureaucracy more efficient.
Apart from STO, the other agencies involved in the digitising of the Thai government include DES Ministry, Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Ministry, the Public Sector Development Commission, Digital Government Development Agency, Electronic Transactions Development Agency and the National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre.