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Promoting Startup Businesses in the Deep South

19 December 2016 (Readers 482)
The Government is taking steps to promote startups in the southern border provinces, in an effort to revitalize the local economy of the deep South, which is rich in natural resources and has great potential for further growth.

The Secretary-General of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center, Mr. Supanat Sirantawineti, on 17 December 2016 presided over the launching of an event to provide knowledge to young executives about starting up businesses in the deep South of Thailand.

The event "Startup Deep South 2016 @ Yala took place at the Faculty of Management Sciences, Yala Rajabhat University, in Yala province and was joined by 400 people. It came about after the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center and the Young Executive Network @ Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center had proposed the mobilization of startups to Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripotak in a meeting at Government House in June 2016.

The Deputy Prime Minister agreed to promote startup businesses in the southern border provinces. Yala Rajabhat University, therefore, organized this event, under the theme "Startup the Movie on Showing, which included a discussion and an exhibition. The event aimed to encourage the creation of a startup community and raise awareness of this type of business in the deep South.

In order to steer the country toward "Thailand 4.0, the Thai government aims to boost the number of startups, which have been cited as "new economic warriors and the future of the country. The startups are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that adopt innovation and technology to improve the sustainability of their businesses. With innovation and technology, these startups will be able to create high-value products and help develop Thailand into a digital economy and society. This will also contribute to developing Thai industry from a value-added to a high-value model, in response to the Thailand 4.0 policy.

The Government is now working on setting up ICT networks across the country as learning centers for the people, where they can apply digital technology for occupational development and income generation. One of the objectives is to create thousands of startups in various fields of business, such as food, tourism, communication, and agriculture.

The Secretary-General of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center said that the Government had a policy to develop three districts in the three southern border provinces as model cities for economic development. He is confident that efforts to promote startup businesses in the deep South will contribute to the model development cities and revive the southern economy.
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