Microsoft Thailand has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Thai government to establish an AI Center of Excellence and a cloud data center in the country.
- Microsoft Thailand is partnering with the Thai government to establish an AI Center of Excellence and a cloud data center, aiming to transform the country into an AI hub in Asia.
- The initiative is part of Thailand’s strategy to become a digital-first, AI-driven nation, focusing on developing local cloud capabilities, renewable energy for data centers, and enhancing public sector AI projects.
- Microsoft is committed to equipping millions of Thais with future-ready skills, implementing e-government projects, and advocating for tax incentives and changes in state procurement rules to facilitate long-term cloud services.
Microsoft’s Ambitious Plan to Establish Thailand as the Leading AI Hub
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Microsoft has unveiled an ambitious plan aimed at establishing Thailand as the leading hub for Artificial Intelligence (AI). This strategic move reflects Microsoft’s commitment to fostering technological innovation and driving economic growth in the region. By leveraging Thailand’s potential in AI development, Microsoft aims to create a thriving ecosystem that will attract top talent, foster collaboration, and accelerate the adoption of AI across various industries. This initiative is expected to not only position Thailand as a frontrunner in the AI landscape but also contribute to the country’s digital transformation and global competitiveness.
The Thai government has developed a comprehensive National AI Strategy roadmap, and Microsoft is actively supporting their efforts to achieve their goal of generating 48 billion baht in business and social impact by 2027. Microsoft has successfully integrated AI capabilities into their products and services, including the innovative Copilot feature, which has proven to significantly enhance productivity.
As part of Thailand’s vision to become a digital-first and AI-driven nation, the country is implementing a comprehensive plan. This plan includes the development of local cloud capabilities, with a specific focus on utilizing renewable energy for data centers. Additionally, efforts are being made to enhance AI projects within the public sector.
Microsoft has also joined this initiative, offering skills training to millions of Thais and collaborating on e-government projects. Furthermore, discussions are underway between Microsoft and the government regarding tax incentives and potential changes in state procurement rules.
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Driving Thailand with digital innovation
Microsoft will work closely with government agencies to develop digital infrastructure that is in line with digital government policies and using the government cloud service, or Cloud First, of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society. The focus will be on supporting the agriculture, public health, tourism and education sectors. In addition, both sides will jointly consider plans to invest in the construction of data centers in Thailand to enhance the use of cloud and AI in the future. And at the same time Microsoft will provide support to the Thai government on cyber security. By presenting best practice guidelines along with the expertise of the company’s leading personnel
Paving the way for an AI powered future
Microsoft will work with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society to develop and integrate AI technology into e-government initiatives. (e-Government) and various public services For the benefit of Thai people, both sides also plan to jointly establish a strategic center of excellence in AI (AI Center of Excellence) to upgrade government projects using AI technology, creating a roadmap that will Helps to make the use of AI technology a reality. and promote innovation in various sectors and industries. Moreover, The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society will also engage in discussions with Microsoft on policy direction and regulatory framework. So that all sectors can use AI correctly, appropriately and efficiently.
Enhance Thai people’s skills for life in the next era
Microsoft will continue its mission to advance the skills of the future for over 10 million Thais through collaboration with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and other agencies. It covers important skills in many areas. Be it a second language for communication or a basic understanding of technology. to training the next generation of innovative developers in all career fields (Citizen Developers) in a format that allows the public to have more thorough access to learning opportunities.
Raising Thailand towards sustainable growth
Thai government agencies will work with Microsoft to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2065 through creating a testing ground for sustainable innovation development. (Sustainability Sandbox) to benefit all sectors. Since the government large private organizations To small entrepreneurs, Microsoft also plans to use 100% renewable energy in future projects and investment plans.
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