The Board of Investment (BOI) Thailand agreed to promote investment incentive schemes for “Smart City” to improve living standards. Smart City is an initiative for advanced IT systems and innovations; the incentives shall contribute to the city’s development in six fields and enhance the people’s life quality, especially in rural area. Smart City focuses on the improvement of:
Investors who plan to develop Smart City infrastructure systems including telecommunication infrastructure will benefit from the BOI incentives. Furthermore, IT system developers who support the Smart City project by creating, installing and providing solutions for one of the six fields will be promoted by these incentives. However, it is notable that the BOI grants a corporate income tax exemption of 8 years for Investors operating in the eligible fields plus a 50% reduction for another 5 years. By implementing its own solutions, Thailand strives for technological independence in the digital sector.
Smart City is a step towards “Digital Thailand” and according to the Minister of Digital Economy and Society Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, “Digital Thailand” aims to reduce the disparity in the society and enhance the regional development: “if we can bring technologies and services to each province in Thailand and make people happy, this is the ultimate goal of Digital Thailand. When each province can move forward by themselves, so we can move together as a whole”. Therefore, digital education is seen as a key factor for Thailand’s technological development.