Microsoft Thailand plans to use the nation as an artificial intelligence (AI) hub in Asia by establishing an AI Centre of Excellence and developing its cloud data center region. According to the bangkokpost.
The Thai government and Tech giant Microsoft (which is founded by Bill Gates) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Nov 15 to pursue a digital-first, AI-powered country during Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s attendance at the ‘APEC Leaders Meeting’ 2023 in San Francisco.
Microsoft and Thai Government’s Vision for AI
Microsoft Thailand and the Thai government have agreed to work together to create an AI Center of Excellence and a cloud data center in Thailand.
The Thai government has a detailed plan, called the National AI Strategy roadmap, and Microsoft is actively helping them reach their goal of making 48 billion baht in business and social impact by 2027. Microsoft has successfully launched AI chips and added AI features to their products and services, like the innovative Copilot feature, which really boosts productivity.
Thailand wants to be a nation that’s all about digital technology and AI. They’re working on a plan that involves creating local cloud capabilities, especially by using renewable energy for data centers. They’re also putting a lot of effort into making AI projects better in the public sector.
Microsoft is actively participating in this effort by providing training to millions of people in Thailand and working together on projects related to electronic government. They are also in talks with the government about possible tax benefits and changes to the rules for government purchases.
Microsoft will collaborate closely with government departments to build digital infrastructure that aligns with the policies for a digital government. They will use the government’s cloud service, known as Cloud First from the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society. The main focus will be on helping the agriculture, public health, tourism, and education sectors.
Additionally, Microsoft and the government will explore plans to invest in building data centers in Thailand to improve the use of cloud services and AI in the future. Microsoft will also provide support to the Thai government in terms of cybersecurity by sharing best practices and leveraging the expertise of its top personnel.
Microsoft and Thai Government Partnership
Microsoft and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society will collaborate to incorporate AI technology into e-government initiatives and various public services. Both parties aim to benefit the Thai people by jointly creating a strategic center of excellence in AI.
This center will enhance government projects through AI technology, developing a roadmap that facilitates the practical use of AI technology and fosters innovation across different sectors and industries. Additionally, discussions between the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and Microsoft will cover policy direction and regulatory frameworks to ensure the correct, appropriate, and efficient utilization of AI across all sectors.
Microsoft is committed to furthering the skills of over 10 million Thais by working together with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and other agencies. This initiative spans crucial skills across various areas, including acquiring a second language for effective communication and developing a fundamental understanding of technology.
The focus extends to training the next generation of creative developers across all career fields, often referred to as “Citizen Developers.” The format of this training is designed to provide the public with broader and more accessible learning opportunities.
Microsoft Thailand is poised to make the nation a key AI hub in Asia, with plans for an AI Center of Excellence and a cloud data center. The collaborative efforts with the Thai government, as outlined in the National AI Strategy roadmap, demonstrate a shared commitment to digital innovation, skill development, and sustainability, positioning Thailand for a dynamic AI-powered future.