Thailand to review entire research and innovation system

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Thailand has created a National Research and Innovation System Policy Committee to review and reform its entire research system and supervise its policy on research and innovation.

A report recently published on the government’s website said Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha cited the new twenty year national research strategy as the framework for the reforms.

Based on the framework, Thailand seeks to unify directions and budget allocation, human resource and infrastructure development, in addition to creating local and international research networks, revise laws and regulations, and register intellectual property.

The Minister highlighted the creation of Food Innopolis as an example of the country’s efforts to promote Thai food innovation and industry.

Launched this year, the project supports research and development, and innovation for the food industry to develop Thailand as “Kitchen to the World”.

Food Innopolis is based at the Thailand Science Park in Khlong Luang district, Pathum Thani, and has human resources and facilities to support all kinds of food producers locally, regionally, and globally.

Last month, the country’s Ministry of Science and Technology signed a memorandum of understanding with fourteen companies, twelve universities and nine government agencies, on co-operation in developing Food Innopolis.

Food Innopolis also offers privileges and incentives for investors, such as personal income tax exemption for renowned specialists, both Thai and foreign, and import duty exemption on machinery.

Prime Minister General Prayut said that Food Innopolis will encourage start-ups, SMEs and large companies in Thailand to participate in the world’s “food industrial chain”. It would also generate job opportunities and promote the use of agricultural raw materials to add value to Thai food products.

SOURCE: eGov Innovation.

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