Digital Development for Economic and Social Act, 2017

    Digital development for Economy and Society: By encouraging the national economy and social development, the cabinet established national plans and policies on digital development for the economy and society based on the recommendations of the committees. The Announcement of the Acts and amendments of the national plans for digital development for economics and society enforced on January 25th, 2017. The Acts was composed of 65 sections, 5 chapters, and 1 temporary provision.

Chapter 1: Digital Development for Economics and Society

    By executing the national plans and policies for the digital economy and social development, the proclamations and amendments shall be made into the Royal Command and announced as a part of the Governmental Gazette.

Chapter 2: The Committee consisted of two parts

Part1: The National Digital Economics and Society Committee

    Prime Minister is the Chairman of the committee, while Deputy Prime Minister, appointed by Prime Minister, is the Vice-Chairman. Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Digital Economy and Society holds the positions of the Secretary and the Secretary-General of the Committee. Therefore, The Permanent Secretary would be in charge of the committee and secretary duties.

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According to the Act 2017 section 7, the committee of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission consists :

Constitution of Committee

  1. Prime Minister is the Chairman of the committee
  2. Deputy Prime Minister, appointed by Prime Minister, is the Vice-Chairman.
  3. The member of committee consists of Minister of Defense, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture and cooperatives, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, Ministry of Industry, Secretary General of the National Economic and Social Development Council, and Governor of Bank of Thailand.
  4. The Expert Committees cannot be less than 5 persons but not more than 8 person, which appointed by cabinet.
Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Digital Economy and Society holds the positions of the Secretary and the Secretary-General of the Committee. Therefore, the Permanent Secretary would oversee the committee and secretary duties. The Cabinet shall be appointed from persons with knowledge and ability in information and communication technology, economics, social science, business administration, law, or other related fields which beneficial to the board's operations. Criteria and procedures for nominating persons to propose to the cabinet for appointment as qualified members, including the selection of qualified members to replace those who left office before the expiration of the term under section 9, paragraph 2, shall be in accordance with the regulations prescribed by the cabinet’s policy.

Part 2: The specific committee recognizes having duties as a part of the committees below
  1. The committee of Digital Infrastructure
  2. The committee of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission
  3. The other specific committees are appointed and approved by the cabinet’s authority

Chapter 3: The National Policies and Plans for Digital Economy and Society Development

    After the enactment has announced, the entire governmental sectors will comply with the national policies and plans, while the Budget Bureau will grant the annual government budgets following the nation’s policies and plans.

Goals and Guideline

All of the governmental agencies will operate and apply the same national policies and regulations.

Goals and Guideline

*The national policies of digital economics and social development’s plans are on the process for approval. Additionally, the committee of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission has the duties to form and publish both the policies and plans.

Chapter 4: Digital Economy and Society Development Fund

Consists of two parts as follows

Part 1: An arrangement of funds

    By establishing the digital economy and social development fund agency inside the office of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission on the purpose of outflow the expense on digital economy and social development to relate with the national policies and plans.


Part 2: The Fund Management

    Addresses the Vice-Chairman of the committee of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission as the Chairman of the Funding Commission. While the Minister of Digital Economy and Society holds the position as the Vice Chairman of the Funding Commission. Lastly, the Secretary-General of the committee of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission holds the positions of both a member of committees and the secretary.

 

Chapter 5: Promoting the Digital Economy

    Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) is a governmental sector with legal status and independent from governmental regulatory. Its objectives are to promote and support the industry and innovative digital department. Correspondingly, it’s agency helps promote the use of digital technologies and innovations to benefits the economy, society, culture, and national security.

    

    The temporary provision reveals how the committee members should perform their tasks at the beginning of the term. The responsibilities are as follows; transferring the enterprise, finance, assets, and debts, including the budgets of the Software Industry Promotion Agency (Public Organization) to Digital Economy Promotion Agency.

Digital Economy and Society Development Plan

Digital Economy and Society Development Plan

Related Laws:

The Regulations established to recruit the advisory board in the specific committees in 2017.


The committee's operation of Office of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission


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