The National Innovation Agency (NIA) was established by the Ministry of Science and Technology on October 1, 2003. It operated as an autonomous agency, under the supervision and policy guidance of the National Innovation Board, but outside the normal framework of the civil service and state enterprise. From September 2, 2009 onwards, NIA was restructured and became the “National Innovation Agency (Public Organization)” or NIA, while remaining under the umbrella of the Ministry of Science and Technology.
NIA undertakes a broad-based and systematic approach in facilitating innovation development in Thailand, both in terms of making improvements and pioneering new initiatives. More precisely, NIA focuses on fostering strategic innovation and sectoral-industry innovation, which enhances national productivity, encourages economic restructuring and social development as well as promoting national competitiveness. NIA also focuses on coordinating industrial clusters both at the policy and operational levels, promoting innovation culture and building up innovation systems, with a broader aim to transform Thailand into an innovation-driven economy.
NIA functions as a central unit in coordinating, networking and partnering different organizations from various fields such as education, technology, finance or investment but mainly focuses on utilizing knowledge management to achieve innovation, particularly to induce innovation on cluster platform which uses innovation as the principal tool in improving the quality of life and as a driving tool for competitive economics.
The course direction of NIA will be three main objectives:
- To accelerate national innovation capacity by providing support for innovation development
- To promote innovation culture and create awareness of innovation at all levels of Thai society
- To develop the effective National Innovation Ecosystem
More information : www.nia.or.th