Mr. Suvit Maesincee, the Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office, revealed that following the policy on driving the country towards “Thailand 4.0”, the government has issued multiple policies to encourage investments in science, technology and innovation as it can be seen from the investment promotion results during the past year that there have been an increasing number in research and development projects. At the same time, the government has supported the labor factor to ensure sufficient development of industry personnel to meet the needs of industries targeted to be invested in the future.
The board meeting of The Board of Investment of Thailand chaired by the Prime Minister assigned BOI as the central agency to create mechanisms for both Thai and foreign companies operating in Thailand to have access to qualified personnel effectively to carry out research, development and innovation activities. In addition, the board assigned the BOI to create a link between the private sector and research sector. Subsequently, BOI plans to set up a Strategic Talent Center (STC) for this matter and it is currently in the process of coordinating with relevant agencies and preparing to propose as well as seek approval from the Board of Investment.
Strategic Talent Center (STC) is responsible to link together databases of highly skilled personnel in science and technology among various agencies both domestically and internationally and act as an intermediary between related sectors such as the private sector, highly skilled personnel, and research institutes / educational institutions. The center will be coordinating to facilitate visa and work permit for overseas highly skilled workers as well.
Mrs. Hirunya Suchinai, the Secretary General of the Board of Investment (BOI), said that BOI’s role is not only to promote investment that creates value for the country but also to enhance personnel development for industrial sector. During the past year, BOI issued a policy to promote the special economic development zone in a form of cluster which conditioned for the applicants receiving such promotion to propose cooperation plans that deal with local educational institutions purposely to get the workforce up and ready. The result of this policy created 81 investment projects that cooperate with educational institutions through projects such as bilateral cooperation, cooperative education, and the Work-integrated Learning (WiL) Program. The total number of students benefiting from skill, knowledge and expertise improvement was over 870.
The private sector cooperating with educational institutions comprises of many industrial groups, such as automotive and parts group, electrical appliances, electronics, and telecommunication equipment group, petrochemicals and environmentally friendly chemicals group, industrial automation and robotics group, and aircraft industry group. The participating students ranged from vocational level to higher education from a wide variety of disciplines such as electrical and electronic techniques and manufacturing field, industrial technology, mechanical techniques, science and engineering. There are over 20 participating institutions including vocational and higher-educational levels such as King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, Rayong Campus, Chiang Mai University, Mae Fah Luang University, Burapa university Suranaree University of Technology, Thammasat University, Pattaya Center, Sripatum University Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Ayutthaya Technical College, Ban Khai Technical College, Nonthaburi Technical College, Lopburi Technical College, etc.