Huawei Inks MoU with DE Ministry To Accelerate Digital Transformation Thailand#s Eastern Economic Corridor Chosen as Location for Its Leading-edge Cloud Data Center in Southeast Asia
Today, the Thai Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and Huawei Thailand signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on “Public-Private Collaboration on Digital Transformation to Move Thailand 4.0 Forward”, with the aim to extend further cooperation in cloud, big data and talent development. Huawei also announced its plans to build its leading-edge cloud data center in Southeast Asia in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). This will support the local Thai government and businesses in their digital transformation initiatives and provide a solid foundation for the Thailand 4.0 economic strategy.
During a visit to China on November 9-12, ACM Dr. Prajin Juntong, Deputy Prime Minister, and Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Digital Economy and Society, held talks with Huawei executives. They agreed to sign an MoU between the Office of the Permanent Secretary, the Ministry of Digital Society and Economy and Huawei Technologies (Thailand).
ACM Dr. Prajin Juntong, Deputy Prime Minister noted, “The Thai Government recognizes the importance of ICT to the economy and society. It will drive digital economy through innovations and collaboration from all sectors under the Thailand 4.0 policy led by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-ocha. This MoU will accelerate Thailand’s economic growth and uplift quality of life of Thai people in different aspects.”
Huawei is a leading information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Its contribution to digital infrastructure development is a critical factor of growth in the global digital economy. To support the implementation of the Thailand 4.0 strategy while growing its own business in the region, Huawei plans to build its first large-scale cloud data center in Thailand. Survey and site selection are underway. Current plans are in fast lane to begin the first phase of infrastructure construction for the data center.
The General Manager of Huawei Thailand, Mr. Qiang Hua, stressed that cloud technology will lay the cornerstone for the intelligent world of the future. “Investing in cloud computing and applying it will be key drivers behind the rollout of the Thailand 4.0 strategy,” said Qiang. “This is the foundation of digital transformation. By establishing this cloud data center in Thailand, Huawei hopes to facilitate the digital transformation of the Thai government and Thai businesses, encourage other stakeholders to proactively plan out their deployment of cloud infrastructure, and position the EEC as the engine that drives Thailand’s economic reforms and growth.”
He added that Huawei is happy to leverage its innovative capacity, as well as a whole suite of quality products and solutions, to work in open collaboration with partners in Thailand to drive the digital transformation across all its industries. These efforts will help expedite Thailand’s digitization process and deliver a better digital experience for Thai people. “Huawei will build a hybrid cloud for governments, enterprises, and individual users here in Thailand,” Qiang said. “This will help everyone across the ecosystem better apply technologies like big data, cloud computing, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence to drive the development of Thailand’s growing digital economy.”
The Thai Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Dr. Pichet Durongkaveroj, commented that Huawei’s plan in the EEC demonstrates the enormous vitality of Thailand’s digital economic growth, and its attractiveness to foreign investment. Huawei strives to remain
Thailand’s preferred partner in providing communications infrastructure for the country, a leading enabler of digital transformation for verticals, and its go-to partner in rolling out cloud and big data strategies.
The MoU signed by the two parties also includes provisions for consulting services on development of Thailand’s cloud and big data industries, further expansion of open platforms such as Huawei’s OpenLab and Customer Solution Innovation & Integration Experience Center (CSIC), stepping up efforts to develop ICT talent, and facilitating the growth of local SMEs and startups.
In 2016 and 2017, under the invitation of the Government of Thailand, as well as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha himself, Huawei has been providing consulting services related to demographic changes in Thailand, as well as its agriculture and tourism industries. Huawei released a white paper on these issues, recommending that Thailand invest more heavily in the deployment of broadband and cloud computing infrastructure, improve upon its existing innovation models, and double down on efforts to develop the next generation of ICT talent. Huawei’s partnership with Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, as well as its plans to build the new cloud data center in Thailand, are considered to be the product of this white paper.
Huawei’s Southeast Asia headquarters are in Bangkok, Thailand, where it serves surrounding countries and regions, including India, Vietnam, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Hong Kong, and Macau.