With the theme ‘Building a Competitive Workforce for the Digital Economy’, the annual ICDL Asia Digital Literacy Day 2018 took place on 6 September 2018, at the C asean Auditorium in Bangkok, Thailand. The event was graced by His Excellency Air Chief Marshal Doctor Prachin Chantong, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and Minster of Justice, His Excellency Tony Cotter, Ambassador Designate of Ireland to Thailand, Mr Damien O’Sullivan, CEO of ICDL Foundation, and many other distinguished guest speakers internationally and from Thailand.
Almost 300 guests attended the event, which aims to create greater awareness of digital literacy, while discussing prevalent topics around the progressive digital trends and readiness in Asia.
H.E. Air Chief Mar. Dr. Prachin Chantong presented his keynote speech on the importance of digital skills for local Thai people and how this topic is highly relevant in this age of the innovation-driven economy where technology is widely used.
The government has been strongly supporting human capital development since the announcement of the ambitious national development model called ‘Thailand 4.0’. The Thailand 4.0 policy is aimed at developing Thailand into a high-income country. To propel this transformation forward and promote innovation, the policy concentrates on digital improvements that enhance the quality of life and at the same time promote productivity and efficiency. The Thailand Digital Economy and e-Government Development Plan (2016-2018) has been prepared as a blueprint for revolutionising government operations, business practices and people’s lifestyles.
“This is in line with Thailand’s vision on embarking on a journey towards Digital Thailand 4.0 – which envisions digital transformation in the country. The national vision is to incorporate the use of more technology into the market to enhance efficiency. The certification tests will also ensure that the IT proficiency standard of civil servants and incoming labor force reaches the workplace standard requirements.”
H.E. Air Chief Mar. Dr. Prachin Chantong, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and Minster of Justice
Another keynote speech was presented by Chief Executive of ICDL Foundation, Mr Damien O’Sullivan. He spoke about how Asia is preparing to be the strongest driving force for Industry 4.0, which is shaping the automation and data exchange technologies around the world.