The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand
The ICT Committee address issues of infrastructure, legislation, intellectual property rights, business climate and human resources related to information technology and telecommunications in Thailand. IPC works to keep Chamber members informed about IT and Telecom-related issues and the developing technologies that affect the business community.
Among the highlights of the activities and events for the ICT Committee in 2015 were:
- As part of a multi-chamber ICT Working Group, in November the committee participated in a courtesy dialogue with H.E. Dr. Uttama Savanayana, Minister of ICT, his Vice Minister and advisers to discuss structural reform of the telecoms sector, the evolution and role of state-owned enterprises, a trusted internet, skills in the sector and the free movement of skilled labor, investment promotion policies, competition regulation, and the draft Digital Economy laws, including cyber security and data privacy issues such as cross-border data flow. Dr. Uttama invited the business delegation to a further dialogue, particularly on the draft Digital Economy laws;
- Continuing the biannual tradition, the 2015 edition of Gadget Night was held in November where the latest and coolest gadgets were on display at a multi-chamber social networking night organized by AMCHAM with the participation of the British, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian chambers. Some of these devices and gadgets were shown in Thailand for the first time. There were a total of 12 exhibitors, showing everything from cool PCs, interactive smart phones and TVs, to high-tech camping equipment, devices for home security, fitness wearables, and even pet gadgets. The event attracted close to 150 participants;
- The ICT Committee developed an ICT position paper for AMCHAM’s submission to the Office of the Prime Minister and Electronic Transaction Development Agency (ETDA) in July. The paper advocates that the Government consider a number of issues in shaping a robust digital economy from the legal, regulatory and business perspectives. The paper highlights AMCHAM’s recommendations on issues such as data protection, cyber-crime, IP protection, electronic transactions, BOI incentives, government procurement, mobile infrastructure and human resources. Former Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn made positive remarks during an AMCHAM dinner in that he went through each issue and recommendation outlined in the paper and said something along the line of “we will get this done;”
In line with the top-of-mind topic in the IT industry today, two events were organized to share perspectives on cyber-security threats, protection, detection and response with Microsoft’s Digital Crime Unit and with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST, an agency under the U.S. Department of Commerce, shared its Cyber Security Framework - directed by President Obama’s executive order “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cyber Security” – consisting of standards, guidelines and practices to help owners and operators of critical infrastructure manage cyber security-related risk.
Telecom Regulatory Update
ICT Workforce Readiness for ASEAN 2015
IT Competitiveness Index 2009
Keynote Speech of Deputy Minister of Commerce
Chair: Andrew McBean, Grant Thornton
Co-Chair: John Formichella, Blumenthal Richter & Sumet
Co-Chair: John Fotiadis, Atherton Legal
Co-Chair: Desarack Teso, Microsoft
Committee Coordinator: Khun Tookta