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The Digital Leap for Ease of Doing Business in Thailand

posted 2 weeks ago

In a significant move to enhance the ease of doing business in Thailand, a joint collaboration between government agencies and private sector organizations was unveiled. The Thai Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Trade of Thailand, the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission (OPDC), and the Department of Business Development (DBD) took the stage to announce the “Joint Corporate Data Linkage” initiative.

This groundbreaking project aims to revolutionize the way businesses interact with government entities by eliminating the need for physical document submissions, such as copies of national ID cards, house registration documents, and company affidavits. Through an online system, legal entity information will be seamlessly linked and shared among participating agencies, reducing redundancies and streamlining processes.

The Chairman of the Thai Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Trade of Thailand emphasized the importance of efficient government services in enhancing the country’s competitiveness. “For too long, entrepreneurs have been burdened with the task of submitting countless documents for various proceedings,” the Chairman stated. “This initiative marks a significant step forward in leveraging digital technology to alleviate those burdens and foster a more business-friendly environment.”

The Joint Corporate Data Linkage is the culmination of years of legal and technological advancements, including the Licensing Facilitation Act B.E. 2558 (2015), the Digitalization of Public Administration and Services Delivery Act B.E. 2562 (2019), and the Act on Management of State Affairs by Electronic Means B.E. 2565 (2022). These legislative efforts have paved the way for a seamless integration of government services into the digital age.

Initially, ten government agencies have pledged their commitment to this initiative, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Lands (DOL), the Treasury Department, the Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI), the Department of Industrial Works (DIW), the Excise Department, the Bank of Thailand (BOT), the Thai Customs Department, the Comptroller General’s Department, and the Revenue Department (RD).

The Secretary-General of the OPDC highlighted the significance of this collaboration, stating, “The OPDC recognizes the importance of harnessing digital technologies to enhance the efficiency of government services. By fostering cooperation between public and private entities, we aim to provide convenient, cost-effective, and inclusive services to businesses and citizens alike.”

The benefits of the Joint Corporate Data Linkage are multifaceted. According to projections, the initiative is expected to reduce up to 392 document retrieval procedures, resulting in substantial cost savings of approximately 800 Thai Baht per transaction. This translates into an estimated annual saving of around 7 billion Baht, factoring in time, document usage, accounting costs, and opportunity costs.

The Director-General of the DBD underscored the technological advancements underpinning this endeavor. “We have developed a robust system that enables real-time, accurate, and secure data exchange between agencies,” the Director-General explained. “By leveraging the Central Data Exchange system (GDX), we can ensure efficient and seamless information flow, further enhancing the overall experience for businesses.”

The Joint Corporate Data Linkage is not only a testament to Thailand’s commitment to digital transformation but also a beacon of opportunity for investors. As the system matures and expands, investors may find lucrative opportunities in public-private partnerships, collaborating with government agencies to further develop and enhance the platform, potentially yielding long-term returns on investment.

With the formal commencement of the Joint Corporate Data Linkage on May 1st, 2024, Thailand takes a significant stride towards a future where doing business is streamlined, efficient, and aligned with the digital era. This initiative sets the stage for continued innovation and collaboration between the public and private sectors, positioning Thailand as a frontrunner in the global race for competitiveness and business-friendly practices.

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