This strategy has been developed to accelerate innovation potential in certain residential areas and generate the co-creation of communal innovation opportunities for people via the Yothi Innovation District project, emphasizing mainly on the development of medical innovation, e-Government, and area-based innovation.
The National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) (NIA) has determined to maximize people’s innovation potential at an area-based level, leading to the Innovation Corridor, Innovation City, and Innovation District. In other words, the increase of innovation potential will focus mainly on three developmental aspects, consisting of promoting infrastructure development conforming to the advancement of an innovative ecosystem, managing vital resources to stimulate area-based innovation, and fostering community involvement.
East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC)
The GMS Southern Economic Corridor possesses an approximate distance of 1,320 kilometers that strategically connects Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam together.
In fact, the area-based innovation has taken into account the efficiency of being exposed to geographical strengths and natural resources in certain communities, expecting to stimulate economic and social development in various living areas. Key strategies used for driving economic and social progress consist of communal industry, infrastructure, human resources, and advances in science and technology. The economic and social development plan generally focuses on the advancement of infrastructure and investment. However, the plan still faces extreme difficulty due to a lack of knowledge-based and technological support.
The NIA has recognized the importance of advancing area-based innovation based on the development of overall aspects. The NIA, in collaboration with the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization) (GISTDA), the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (Public Organization) (DASTA), the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT), and Rayong Provincial Governor’s Office, has launched the “Area-Based Economic Innovation to ASEAN” project, while signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the mentioned organizations to support the acquisition and completion of statistical data, climatological information, details of potential raw materials used for production, and facts on potential investments generated by the public and industrial sectors, as part of the goal to get the required data processed and analyzed complying with the government’s policy on the Special Economic Development Zones. In order to make such ideas achievable, the NIA has hence invited experienced innovation-based business providers and new startup entrepreneurs to work together to create a potential innovation cluster, emphasizing on the development of infrastructure, tools, and mechanisms required for successful business operations and a better quality of life for people in different communities. This helps encourage people to create productive ideas towards the progress of innovation, promote the co-creation of innovation through innovative concepts, and foster knowledge sharing among agencies, businesses, and people in various communities.
Initially, the NIA will implement development by focusing on the government’s policy of the Special Economic Development Zones in accordance with the GMS Southern Economic Corridor (EWEC), with a distance of approximately 1,320 kilometers. The GMS Southern Economic Corridor has been developed to strategically connect Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam together, and is considered a crucial land transportation route that can greatly facilitate the shipment of goods along the entire distance between the Andaman Sea and the Pacific Ocean, while unveiling mainstream cultures and core knowledge of innovation reflected in business operations and daily routines. However, value chain analysis is required to pinpoint desirable strategies in driving the area-based innovation to the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), with the NIA’s ambitious goal to help Thailand achieve all innovation aspects, including those of industry, tourism, commerce, transportation, and agriculture.
The National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) (NIA) has upgraded its strategic policies to accelerate greater infrastructure development in line with the creation of an innovation ecosystem, while encouraging people’s community involvement in promoting the “Innovation District” strategy, considered a new city planning and design concept that has been fostered based on a development strategy to attract larger innovation-based business providers. Therefore, it is required to generate effective development of infrastructure, tools, and mechanisms that can facilitate innovative businesses as well as enhance people’s quality of living, with the aim to generate seamless connectivity between smart people and their innovative ideas. There is an important mechanism developed to promote co-creation and knowledge sharing among people of innovation. The NIA has also underlined the significance of strengthening its innovation competency by initiating the Yothi Innovation District project serving as Thailand’s first-ever innovation district model that focuses on three development aspects, including Medical Technology (MEDTECH), Government Technology (GOVTECH), and City Technology (CITYTECH).