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Strategic talent center – providing specialists in science and technology

To encourage investment in knowledge-based activities in accordance with the government’s “Thailand 4.0” policy, the Board of Investment (BOI) established the Strategic Talent Center (STC) in order to provide the services of qualified and highly-skilled human resources to the private sector. The BOI, in cooperation with five institutions, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI), and the Thailand Research Fund (TRF), will provide this service which identifies available specialists or researchers in the fields of science and technology to further support the private sector in conducting R&D and innovation activities. The center also aims to help qualifying specialists for companies who wish to bring in foreign experts when there are shortages of specialists in particular fields. Once their qualifications are recognized, these experts will then be facilitated with support for their visas and work permits.

To encourage investment in knowledge-based activities in accordance with the government’s “Thailand 4.0” policy, the BOI established the Strategic Talent Center in order to provide the services of qualified and highly-skilled human resources to the private sector.

STC Services include:

1. S&T expert matching

Companies can submit their requirements through the STC’s website (www.boi.go.th/stc) starting on July 3, 2017 when seeking experts to fulfil R&D activities in four core technologies promoted by the BOI: Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials Technology and Digital Technology, or any other fields. Once the requirements have been submitted, the information will be forwarded to the STC’s networking agencies. These agencies will then search for the required experts in their databases and will send a list of suggested experts along with their profiles to the companies for further arrangements within 15 working days. The databases used in the expert search cover both existing researchers/experts working in the public sector who could be transferred to the private sector and an available pool of new PhD graduates with both domestic and overseas research experience.

2. Qualifications of experts

The STC will provide assistance by qualifying foreign experts to solve the shortage of local expertise in certain sectors, and will provide a service whereby qualified foreign experts can have special access to visas and work permits. The qualifications will be handled by the relevant authorities in the STC network such as the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society for IT experts and also the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) for science and technology experts.

3. Visa and work permit facilitation

Experts who have been qualified from the STC network will receive visa and work permit facilitation regardless of working with or without a BOI-promoted company. Therefore, STC qualified foreign experts are entitled to BOI facilitation and can utilize the services offered at the One Stop Service Center for Visas and Work Permits at Chamchuri Square. Beginning on October 1, 2018, the electronic Single Window System for Visas and Work Permits will also be applicable to STC-qualified experts working under non-BOI companies. Once qualified, experts can then schedule and receive their visas and work permits within just three hours.

The STC is an important platform in serving to achieve Thailand 4.0 and backs the government’s strong commitment to ensuring and mobilizing the requisite human capital and manpower needs for companies and investors, maximizing their investment opportunities and in turn, supporting the country’s long-term economic prosperity.

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