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ICT and economic development: Analyzing Thailand’s path to the information economy

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  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction
  3. Theoretical framework
    1. The influence impact model
    2. Applications of research model
  4. The case of Thailand
    1. ICT and national policy
    2. ICT and social infrastructure development
  5. Discussion
    1. Facilitating ICT sector work
    2. Ensuring a supply of qualified workers
    3. Exploiting distinctive characteristics
    4. Reconfiguring industrial and information policy
  6. Conclusion
  7. References

This analysis of the development of Thailand's information economy places particular emphasis on its ICT and social infrastructure development. Drawing upon lessons learned from similar development trajectories in Ireland, China, and India we develop a set of guidelines for Thailand to consider as it continues its information economy development. From the policy perspective, Thailand, similar to other countries, plans to use ICT as an enabler to develop a knowledge-based society. From the infrastructure perspective, some challenges that Thailand faces are unequal infrastructure development across regions, a small skilled workforce, and low R&D expenditures in the ICT sector. Case studies of ICT sector development in Ireland, India, and China suggest several important strategies and actions that Thailand could emphasize. These include facilitating ICT sector work, ensuring a supply of qualified workforce, exploiting the country's distinctive capacities, and reconfiguring and adapting its information policy to changes in the global ICT market. The development of a sustainable information economy has become a worldwide goal. Developed countries have established national policies regarding strong investment in information and communications technology (ICT) to maintain their leadership positions and to increase their competitiveness in the global information economy. Similarly, developing countries recognize this opportunity to enhance their economic capability by developing a workforce more attuned to the needs of the information economy.

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