Thai­land to con­sol­i­date govt forms within next four years

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

WITHIN the next four years, Thais will be able to fill a sin­gle ap­pli­ca­tion form on­line for some 300 gov­ern­ment ser­vices, as part of the gov­ern­ment’s ef­fort to be fully dig­i­tal by 2021.

The gov­ern­ment is in the process of dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion, aim­ing for 85% of its pa­per­based data to be digi­tised within the next four years.

At least 21 gov­ern­ment ser­vice ap­pli­ca­tions can be reg­is­tered for with a sin­gle form.

“With a fully dig­i­tal gov­ern­ment by 2021, peo­ple can get trans­par­ent ser­vices that are more con­ve­nient through the gov­ern­ment’s sin­gle on­line ap­pli­ca­tion form,” Visanu Krua-ngam, deputy prime min­is­ter, told the au­di­ence at the Dig­i­tal Gov­ern­ment Sum­mit 2017.

The gov­ern­ment’s e-tax­a­tion and e-do­na­tion ser­vices are part of the move to­wards a cash­less so­ci­ety through au­to­ma­tion.

In Oc­to­ber, the cab­i­net ap­proved the trans­fer of the Elec­tronic Gov­ern­ment Agency (EGA) un­der the Dig­i­tal Econ­omy and So­ci­ety Min­istry to the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice, re­nam­ing it the Dig­i­tal Gov­ern­ment Agency (DGA).

“By early 2018, the EGA will be fully trans­formed to the DGA, which will be able to cre­ate close col­lab­o­ra­tion among states agen­cies,” said Sak Segkhoonthod, ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber of EGA.

In ad­di­tion to the es­tab­lish­ment of the DGA, there will be an Elec­tronic Gov­ern­ment Board that needs to re­port di­rectly to the prime min­is­ter. With DGA op­er­at­ing in fis­cal year 2018, it has a 1.7 bil­lion baht (K70.17 bil­lion) bud­get from the ex­ist­ing EGA.

The DGA will cover the es­tab­lish­ment of a gov­ern­ment data an­a­lyt­ics cen­tre for man­age­ment and over­see­ing data across state agen­cies.

DGA’s first-year op­er­a­tions will en­able the gov­ern­ment to val­i­date 11 mil­lion poor peo­ple in the sys­tem by cross-check­ing with the Na­tional Credit Bu­reau. The Pub­lic Health min­is­ter can use the data to make a plan for health­care ser­vices for this seg­ment, said Mr Sak.

He said DGA will also es­tab­lish a gov­ern­ment data ex­change cen­tre to gather data and man­age in­ter-op­er­a­tion among dif­fer­ent agen­cies.

By 2021, Thais will be able to ac­cess data stored by any gov­ern­ment agency through the “In­box Project” of the gov­ern­ment data ex­change cen­tre, Mr Sak said.

DGA will also re­lease the na­tional data set, clas­si­fied into con­fi­den­tial and open with the lat­ter ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic.

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