UK and Thailand cooperation in the smart city development

Monday, 10 May 2021 - UK Export Minister Graham Stuart MP co-launched the "UK-Thailand Tech Export Academy", a virtual trade mission, together with the Thai Minister of Economy and Digital Society (MDES) , SELF Mr Chaiwut Thanakamanuorn, who led to over 200 business matching sessions between British and Thai companies.

It is a virtual commercial mission forerunner of future joint actions and operations included in the program to support innovative companies in the development of smart cities in the Asia Pacific region. Intelligent energy, movement of people, data analysis and artificial intelligence were the main focuses.

The mission is part of a series of shared operations envisaged by the UK-Thailand Smart City Handbook established in cooperation with the Thailand Digital Economy and Promotion Agency (DEPA). The partnership with DEPA has already developed some important operations involving the UK Embassy in Bangkok with local authorities in Chang Mai, Khon Kaen and Chonburi to explore potential areas for smart city collaborations.

Bilateral trade between the two countries, which has exceeded £ 5 billion in the past year, will therefore be further strengthened by this important trade mission, heavily backed by the UK's technology sector - currently the most important in Europe - and which will have a fundamental role in the development of smart cities in the asian country.

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