The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society anticipates an initial investment of more than 60 billion baht from the public and commercial sectors in creating 30 smart cities around the country.
Minister of Digital Economy and Society Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn made the statements after meeting with provincial authorities and key agencies to discuss plans to transform Hua Hin into a Smart City.
The smart city transition is projected to improve the quality of life for local inhabitants while also assisting the resort city in handling rising numbers of domestic and foreign tourists.
So far, 15 cities in 14 provinces have received Smart Cities trademarks to demonstrate their capacity to attract public and private investment. The success of these communities in growing into Smart Cities is expected to benefit around 16 million people.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha stated that the cities obtaining the logos have played an important role in improving urban development and maximizing resource utilization.
He noted that these initiatives contribute to enhance people’s quality of life, and that he expects work to be continued so that the smart cities ecosystem may reach other provinces and provide additional value nationally.
According to the prime minister, networked development would generate money and progress while leaving no one behind. However, he agreed that local identities and ways of life must be taken into account along the route.