Interview Mr. Norraphat Plodthong, Phuket Governor
The government has recognized the potential of Phuket province to develop as a Smart City
to reinforce the strengths and to expand the development of province which is support thetourism industry as a key economic industry.
The smart urban development strategy that Phuket has plan under the Smile Smart &
Sustainable concept that focuses on seven key areas that will contribute to the quality of
life of the local people and tourists. This concept consists of Smart Traveler, Smart
Environment, Smart Education, Smart Education and Smart Government have set a
milestone for the first phase in 2016 under the goal of Phuket Smart City 2020.
The important of the early stages of intelligent urbanization are two areas: the creation of a
technology infrastructure. The government and the province agree to drive the 2,000
wireless access points in the main areas of tourism. And the second one is the creation of anecosystem
that facilitates the Start-Up creation in both domestically and internationally for
support the business conveniently.
For ecosystem management to support digital business, the Provincial and Ministry of Digital
Economy and Society established the Phuket Investment One Stop Service to provide
advice on investment promotion in the digital business. And this center can assist investors
for digital investment in Phuket to encourage the network of information and the process of
obtaining promotional privileges for digital businesses.
The success of both sides will cause the advantage of being a digital development zone. It
will continue to develop into a smart, balanced and sustainable city with harmonize with a
global travel destination.
Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Southern Region)