In a landmark move, Microsoft Thailand is steering Thailand toward becoming a prominent Artificial Intelligence (AI) hub in Asia. The technology giant has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Thai government, solidifying plans for an AI Center of Excellence and a state-of-the-art cloud data center within the country.
This initiative aligns seamlessly with Thailand’s vision to metamorphose into a digital-first, AI-driven nation, a commitment underscored at the APEC Leaders’ Meeting 2023. At the core of this transformative plan are pivotal elements, including the development of local cloud capabilities, a focus on renewable energy to power data centers, and the augmentation of public sector AI initiatives through the establishment of the AI Center of Excellence.
Microsoft is actively engaged in discussions with the Thai government, exploring potential tax incentives, and advocating for amendments to state procurement rules that would streamline the provision of long-term cloud services.
Beyond infrastructure, Microsoft’s commitment extends to empowering millions of Thais with skills tailored for the future. Collaborative efforts with various government units will see the implementation of e-government projects, further cementing Microsoft’s role in Thailand’s digital landscape.
Recent investments by Microsoft in Thailand, such as the introduction of Copilot for Microsoft 365 and the local manufacturing of Surface laptops, exemplify the company’s dedication to fostering technological innovation and progress in the region. As Microsoft continues to play a pivotal role in Thailand’s digital revolution, the nation can anticipate a significant leap towards becoming a technological powerhouse in the heart of Asia.