Government Affairs Updates
AMCHAM Meets with NSTDA
By Tomwit Jarnson, Director, Government Affairs and Public Policy at AMCHAM Thailand.
On January 14, 2019, Mrs. Heidi Gallant, Executive Director of AMCHAM Thailand had a courtesy meeting with Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, President, National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) for the introduction of new Executive Director of AMCHAM and to discuss the NSTDA’s current policy priorities in the context of Thailand 4.0, the background and latest status of Thai Innovation List, and the possibility of AMCHAM involvement. Below is a summary of the meeting:
- AMCHAM delegation: Heidi, Tomwit, and Kittie.
- NSTDA delegation: Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul, President, and K. Hongsuda Sornklin, Senior International Relations Officer.
- Introduction of Heidi as Executive Director, and advocacy as one of AMCHAM’s key missions for 2019.
- NSTDA main research missions are in the following areas:
- Bio science and biotechnology.
- Materials and manufacturing technology.
- Electronic & information technology.
- Nanoscience and nanotechnology.
- Energy technology.
- NSTDA has been successfully operating Thailand Science Park, the country’s first fully-integrated research and development hub in Pathum Thani province since 2002. It also supports SMEs and Startups, with BOI incentives.
- As part of Thailand 4.0, EECi (Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation) is a newly-created innovation ecosystem tosupport research and development, involving the government, private sector, universities and local communities.
- EECi focuses on biopolis, Aripolis, and Space Krenovapolis (under GISTDA).
- AMCHAM helps promote the EEC.
- Some AMCHAM members are already in the EEC.
- AMCHAM will coordinate setting up a meeting for the Aerospace Council and GISTDA.
- AMCHAM and it members are welcomed to visit Thailand Science Park, either half-day or full-day study tour.
- The Thai Innovation List is part of the government policy to make Thailand more innovative and competitive.
- So far, 160 products have been listed – relatively a small portion.
- Only Thai majority-owned companies are eligible to apply to be listed.
- Although 30 % of government procurement has to be sourced from a listed product, the remainder of the procurement can be sourced from non-listed companies.
- A new initiative – research and Innovation based on government demand – will soon be launched. This is open to all, Thai and foreign companies, through competitive bidding.
- AMCHAM supports SMEs, and is considering a possibility of a study tour to the U.S. to explore investment and commercial opportunities.
- AMCHAM and NSTDA will continue to work together towards Thailand 4.0.