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“MDES-depa” speed up ‘Thailand Digital Catalog’, promoting digital products & services to reach international standard and enter government procurement

February 15, 2023, Bangkok – The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) and the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) held a press conference to launch the “Thailand Digital Catalog,” a new initiative approved by the Cabinet on December 13, 2022. The catalog is expected to serve as a mechanism enhancing digital products and services of digital startups and digital service providers to meet international standard. Meanwhile, the digital catalog also provides government and private sectors including general public to access and select a range of standardized digital products and services at listed price through depa’s TECHHUNT platform. H.E. Mr. Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, Minister of Digital Economy and Society, presided over the launching event of “Thailand Digital Catalog” initiative, and delivered a keynote speech on policy mechanism to scale up Thai digital entrepreneurs. As recognizing the need of digital adoption, over the years, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) has focused on developing digital infrastructure, digital manpower and digital ecosystem as well as finding new solutions to unlock the limit of business growth. The “Thailand Digital Catalog” is then a key driver of digital economy development initiated by depa under MDES, with a goal to enhance efficient public-private partnerships and allow Thais across segments to access a range of standardized digital products and services available at reasonable prices.

“Thailand Digital Catalog is composed of qualified digital products and services developed by local digital service providers. The goal is to provide the best-quality digital products and services with reasonable prices to consumers including enterprises, government agencies, organizations and others to enhance their operations and services. The initiative also creates opportunities for digital entrepreneurs to compete in government procurement market. By doing so, it significantly helps promote transparency and fairness the procurement market,” said the Minister of DES.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin, President/CEO of depa, stated that depa is the main agency responsible for listing and assessing qualified digital products and services on the platform such as software, software as a service, digital content service, smart devices, hardware and firmware, etc. The assessment is in line with standard requirements, namely the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), ISO, “dSURE” with functionality, safety, efficiency guarantees as well as cybersecurity of smart devices. “depa is confident that the Thailand Digital Catalog will play a key role in urging Thailand’s digital economy. depa has always recognized the potential of Thai digital business or digital startups, but certain tech startups could not survive and shut down eventually. Therefore, we come up with this measure that will unlock the limitations of Thai tech startups, allowing them to maximize their product quality to meet international standards. The government procurement market will be the opportunity to elevate the competitiveness of the country for Thai digital startups. Also, this mechanism will help drive smart cities in Thailand under the value-based economy both in terms of quality and price,” said President/CEO of depa. In addition, depa also provided the TECHHUNT platform that gathers standardized digital products and services developed by Thai digital providers. Currently, there are over 300 certified digital products and services listed on the platform and many more coming in. The TECHHUNT platform is open for public and all stakeholders. Other promotional measures and incentives from depa are included in the platform as well. Businesses or entrepreneurs who utilize digital products and services listed on the Thailand Digital Catalog will receive tax benefits such as tax deduction up to 200% from purchasing software. For example, a company purchasing software worth 100,000 baht is entitled to a corporate tax deduction of 200,000 baht. Such tax incentive will stimulate adoption of digital technologies and innovations to enhance business performance. Furthermore, H.E. Mr. Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, Minister of DES also witnessed MOU signing ceremony between Asst. Prof. Dr. Nimmanphatcharin, President/CEO of depa and

Mr. Apirut Vanchaam, Chief Digital Officer of SCG, on collaboration of digital product improvement by “dSURE” mark. The two partners are committed to elevate the quality and boost confidence in Thai digital products and services as well as reinforcing the competitiveness of digital-driven industries in Thailand. depa and SCG will team up to eliminate substandard digital products in order to protect consumers from cyber threats. This collaboration will encourage Thai tech startups to develop standardized digital products and services, resulting in expanding the quality digital product market in the future.

More information on the “Thailand Digital Catalog” can be found in www.depa.or.th or depa Thailand Facebook page. You can become depa member to select qualified products and services on the platform at LINE Official Account: @depaThailand.

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