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Gen Prawit urges digital development to mitigate COVID-19 impact



BANGKOK(NNT)-Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has urged the acceleration of national digital development projects to help the general public cope with the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has chaired a board meeting of the Digital Economy and Society Fund, where board members acknowledged the fund’s performance, and approved projects seeking support from the fund.

These projects include a community enterprise and economy development project by the international digital market of Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi; a multi-purpose digital knowledge base development project by Srinakharinwirot University, and VHF marine radio system improvement by CAT Telecom.

The board has also approved submissions on projects and activities aimed at mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DPM Gen Prawit has insisted that the national digital development effort enable government agencies, private companies, and the general public to have easier access to capital, yielding public benefits, and supporting digital research and development projects.

He stressed the importance of technology and digital devices procurement to assist public health operations, to protect the general public from COVID-19, and assist with transformation to New Normal livelihoods.

The DPM has instructed the Office of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission to accelerate the progress of approved projects according to the timeframe, and asked the Minister of a Digital Economy and Society to regulate financial support from the Digital Economy and Society Fund, to ensure maximum benefit for the general public and the country, in keeping with the fund’s mission.

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