Thailand government committed to cultivating digital talent with Huawei's support
By Li Baijia, Zhao Yipu | People's Daily app
09:51, December 09, 2022

Photos: Zhao Yipu/ People's Daily

Bangkok (People's Daily) – The Thailand Talent Transformation Symposium was held in Bangkok this Wednesday, jointly organized by Huawei, the Digital Economy and Society Ministry, and the Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Ministry.

At the symposium, Huawei announced it would join hands with partners in the public and private sectors in Thailand to enhance digital skills among Thai people.

The Thai government is determined to make efforts to push Thailand's digital economy to contribute 30 percent of the country's GDP by 2027.

Supachai Pathumnakul, deputy permanent secretary of the Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Ministry of Thailand, said the country could face a shortage of 500,000 people with advanced digital skills by 2030, especially for 5G, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and cloud computing. "We have to develop talent and competency that responds to demand," he said.

The Huawei ICT Competition 2022 was launched at the symposium. The competition aims to develop ICT talent among Thais. The winning team will receive an award of 300,000 baht ($x). Huawei has run the ICT Competition since 2015.

“Today, Thailand continues to face digital inequality between urban and rural communities. Therefore, the Thai government thanks Huawei for arranging the ICT Competition 2022 that will be another step to cultivate a generation of skilled digital talent that are important for developing an inclusive, high quality, and sustainable digital ecosystem in Thailand,” said Montree Munkong, advisor to the minister, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of Thailand.

“Over the past years, Huawei ASEAN Academy (Thailand) has helped develop more than 26,000 ICT personnel and partnered with 37 leading higher education institutions. In the future, Huawei aims to train over 10,000 youth in 2023, and keep implementing the key suggestions brought by the white paper,” said Abel Deng, president of Huawei Asia-Pacific Carrier Business Department.