Jirawat PoomsrikaewAugust 30, 2018
Mr. Poomsrikaew is the Public Policy and Government Relations Manager for Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar at Google (Thailand) Co. Ltd. He earned his M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. His responsibilities include: ensuring the ability for Google to operate and conduct business in the Greater Mekong Sub-region; managing regulatory challenges; and collaborating with governments on digital literacy and citizenship, SMEs development, and Google for Education. Thailand 4.0 is the national policy that seeks to promote a digital economy. Its purpose is to generate new investment, uplift labor skills, and allow Thailand to take a bigger share of the fast-growing technology sector while maintaining control of transactions and activities over the Internet. The essential question is: how would it be possible for governments to both benefit from a digital economy and maintain control over the Internet? Mr. Poomsrikaew notes that we live in a time where strong partnership between the government and private sector is needed to forge new rules and regulations that propel the country forward.