Digital Economy Committee
The Digital Economy can be defined as all economic activity mediated by software and enabled by telecoms infrastructure and services. The Digital Economy Committee addresses topics relevant to the underlying technology enabling this activity, as well as to regulatory issues affecting the Digital Economy and its intersection with other economic sectors. We help keep Chamber members up to date on these topics, inviting speakers and organizing events. Committee meetings provide a forum for the development of Chamber positions on relevant regulatory issues, often with the opportunity to participate in direct discussion with government officials. Participation in the Committee also provides an opportunity for members to learn from each other through the sharing of ideas, knowledge, and experience. The Committee seeks to support the role of the Digital Economy in enabling universal participation in Thailand’s social and economic enterprise by all stakeholders.
The Digital Economy Committee organized fewer group activities in 2017 than we would have liked, but relevant (and willing) speakers were hard to find. We had a greater focus on advocacy this year, preparing a number of Digital Economy (DE) specific position papers and talking points for meetings with government officials.
The activities which we organized and/or participated in during the year included:
February: Joint event with the Legal Committee, at which two speakers from local law firms discussed the potential impact of new Digital Economy-related laws.
March: Helped prepare talking points on issues related to visas for skilled professionals and participated in a meeting on the topic with the Commander of Immigration Bureau, Division 1.
June: As a benefit to our members the DE Committee maintained connections with other Chambers, allowing participation in sessions organized by the British Chamber on PromptPay (June), and Intellectual Property Rights and the Computer Crime Act (November). Also, in collaboration with multiple other Chambers, the committee participated on behalf of AMCHAM in discussions with BOI about the Strategic Talent Center initiative.
August: Visited the IBM Innovation Center, with presentations by IBM showcasing their latest technology offerings. The Committee also participated in a delegation from AMCHAM which met with the new Minister of Digital Economy & Society, Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj.
September: Committee members were invited to attend a workshop organized by the US Commercial Service on “Thailand and the Digital Economy.”
October: Organized a breakfast event with Axel Winter, CTO of Central Retail as speaker, on the topic of e-Commerce and managing change.
November: Participated in a meeting with new Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Digital Economy & Society, Khun Ajarin Pattanapanchai. Also participated in a meeting with the new Secretary General of the BOI, Khun Duangjai Asawachintachit. Also organized and participated on behalf of AMCHAM in a multi-Chamber follow-up meeting with Khun Duangjai to provide specific feedback on the government’s proposed structure for a new “SMART Visa.”
Peter Fischbach, ISM Technology Recruitment Ltd.
Pawasut Seewirot, IBM
Siripa Jungsawat, Uber
David Aldridge, Freewill Solutions
Committee Coordinator: Khun Pen