2017 Taiwan-Thailand Forum for Smarter Cities
The 2017 Taiwan-Thailand Forum on Mutual Cooperation on Economics, Trade and Technology was held by the Office of International Affairs on October 25th in NTNU. Thai scholars from Digital Economy Promotion Agency, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society were invited to share their thoughts on high technology and smart city.
For the New Southbond Policy, NTNU, NTU and NCKU and NTUST have conducted a plan of regional economy, trade and culture center for ASEAN and South Asian countries. 2017 Taiwan-Thailand Forum was held by the OIA to serve as a platform for the economy, technology and cultural communication. It's hoped that more opportunities can be brought to both sides.
Director of SRI (Service Research & Innovation program), NSTDA, Dr. Passakon Prathombutr talked about "Smart Thailand, Smart Cities". He thinks that in order to solve the problem of lack of energy and resources, environmental pollution and congestion due to rapid population growth, and based on the high network utilization rate, the digital industrial market was created as a trading environment that embraces advanced technology and service of high added value. As a result, Thailand has developed a smart city strategy and actively implemented value-based "Thailand 4.0" economic development policy to promote the development of robotics, health and medical care, aerospace logistics, bioenergy and chemicals and digital technology.
Dr. Passakon Prathombutr said that smart cities cover a wide range of topics such as the economy, environment, quality of life, transport, citizens and government. Priorities should be set to make policy guidelines. This should be a policy of long-term planning which can be modified regularly. Big data integration is definitely the key basis for development. It's planned that 77 smart cities, including Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai, will be developed by the year 2020.
Dr. Monsak Socharoentum talked about "Next Generation of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and its Applications in ITS". The global navigation satellite system will be used in an advanced way and develop a high precision 3D map and improve route suggestion and to provide the Orientation and Mobility for visually impaired. Champion Wang, Vice President of the Commerce Development Research Institute, gave a talk about the niche and policy of service industry with New Southbond Policy.
According to Wang, the investment in Southeast Asian countries made by Taiwanese companies has increased year by year, especially in healthcare, food, clothing, footwear and other industries. The Commerce Development Research Institute has assisted cross-border ecommerce to enter the market in Thailand successfully. Wang emphasized that with the rise of ASEAN, the service industry has a promising future. Taiwanese people, who are fluent in Mandarin and close to Chinese market, should focus on the rising markets in Asia.