Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi)

 

The development of the Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi) has been proposed by The Ministry of Science and Technology to support the innovative research and development and involving the government, private-sector organizations, universities and local communities. It aims to advance and transform existing industries as well as to develop the new strategic industries, both within the Eastern Economic Corridor and in other parts of the country. Its ultimate goal is to make Thailand a country that prospers on innovation, to upgrade the quality of life of local people and the country towards a sustainable future.

The Main Objectives of Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi)
  1. Technology and innovation research and development, designed to reach “the real world”, such as to achieve scientific findings in a laboratory setting that can be “translated” into practical industrial applications.
  2. Transferring technologies to the industrial sector in order to develop the country’s 10 targeted industries, by upgrading and strengthening existing industries and creating new industries with high levels of technology. The EECi will also promote startups with high levels of technology and innovation, a move that is seen as fundamental to the growth of new industries, both within the EECi and in other parts of the country.
  3. Creating links to networks of research and development both within Thailand and overseas, to help generate an innovative society with high levels of technology and to achieve a working integration, or “triple helix” relationship, between the private sector, educational and research institutes, and government organizations. To extend the “triple helix” concept by involving people in local communities, thus creating a “quadruple helix” working integration.
Focused Industries
  1. Modern Agriculture & Biotechnology
  2. Biofuels and Bio-Chemicals
  3. High Performance Battery and Modern Transports
  4. Automation, Robotics, & Smart Electronics
  5. Satellite and Aviation
  6. Medical Devices & Supplies
5 Platforms
  1. STI Solution for Industries & Communities
  2. Research and Innovation
  3. Workforce Development
  4. Research and Quality Infrastructure
  5. International Collaboration & Tech Transfer
Three Targeted Sectors of Technology and Innovation in Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi) are:
  1. ARIPOLIS: A research and innovation center for automation, robotics and intelligent systems

The focus here will be on serving the digital economy, which is Thailand’s main development target. From Aripolis will spring the stimulation and encouragement to create a new industry based on:

  • -Automation
  • -Robotics
  • -Intelligent Systems
  • -Internet of Things (IoT)
  • -Sensors
  • -Big Data
  • -ICT Security

This will not only directly enhance economic growth, but will also provide crucial support to the transformation and development of the other nine strategic industries, whether they are located within the EECi or elsewhere in the country.

 

  1. BIOPOLIS: A center for research and innovation in life sciences and biotechnology

The aim is to drive the development of the country’s agricultural economy with science, technology, and innovation, to create value-added products from agriculture goods and continuously create growth opportunities for agricultural industries. This enhanced agricultural development will give Thailand an increased and sustainable competitive advantage.

Biopolis will support the bioeconomy scheme, which covers the following industries:

  • -Smart Agriculture
  • -Functional Ingredient/Nutraceutical
  • -Biofuel/Bioenergy
  • -Bioplastic/Biomaterial
  • -Biochemical
  • -Biomedical/Biopharma

Biopolis will also expand collaboration in life sciences and biotechnology research and development to increase agricultural productivity, improve seed stocks and transform raw agricultural goods into high-value products.

 

  1. KRENOVAPOLIS: A center for creating innovations in space technology and geo-informatics

It aims to provide fundamental infrastructure for innovations in science and geo-informatics, applying to many fields and technologies; to utilize intellectual capital; to create knowledgeable and skilled workers; and to develop an innovative economy for Thailand.

  • -Ground Station & Operations Support
  • -Maritime Solutions
  • -Agriculture Solutions
  • -Navigation and Location-based Services

 

Location

 

Wangchan Valley – Tambon Payupnai, Wangchan District, Rayong Province

The EECi site at Wangchan Valley that will concentrate on Aripolis and Biopolis, covers about 3000 rai (480 hectares). The Kamnoetvidya Science Academy (KVIS), the Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC), and the Wangchan Reforestation Project occupies it. Together, they cover about 1000 rai, leaving about 2000 rai (320 hectares) to be developed by the Ministry of Science and Technology and PTT Public Company Limited.

More than 30 industrial estates in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) surround the Wangchan Valley. It is close to modern transportation systems, including motorways, High-speed railway, U-Tapao International Airport, Ports at Laem Chabang and Chuk Samet and Tourism centers and areas growing major industrial crops.

Wangchan Valley will receive fundamental infrastructure to support research, development and innovation activities. It will have areas for private sector research and development, a startup and innovation center and a national quality infrastructure for verification, evaluation and certification. It will also have “translation” research infrastructure such as pilot plants, demonstration plants and living laboratories where scientific findings can be “translated” into practical industrial applications. Moreover, Wangchan Valley will have residential areas, meeting facilities, a fitness center, sustainable green spaces, hotels and other facilities, including international schools and bilingual schools to meet the needs of both Thai and foreign experts. These will be available to privately-sector people as well as other target groups, to create Thailand’s leading venue for innovation development.

 

Space Krenovation Park (SKP) – Sriracha District, Chonburi Province

This is being developed on 120 rai (19.2 hectares) of land, which will provide a focal point on Krenovapolis. The site is already home to Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), part of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Digital Park Thailand

Digital Park Thailand is strategically located within the Special Economic Zone of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) on a 600-rai area in the Sri Racha District of the Chonburi Province. It is located conveniently close to Suvarnabhumi Airport and U-Tapao International Airport. Several industrial, estates and universities surround Si Racha. Therefore, this project will support these existing industries and people in the area, including existing schools and the automotive and agriculture sectors. There is also an assurance of an easier mode of transportation in the future. High Speed and double track railway and motorway expansion, will then provide Interconnectivity between industrial sites, deep-sea ports and international airports.

Digital Park Thailand is a new digital hub for tech geniuses and business innovators looking to expand operations to Thailand and the ASEAN region.  The establishment of the Digital Park will signify an innovative change in the way of conducting business in Thailand. Because it is surrounded with regional logistic hub, force of several world-class digital production, and recognized educational institutes, it will serve the purpose of the Digital Park to create an environment for a digital ecosystem to excel. Equipped with ultra high-speed broadband infrastructure, submarine cable station, data center, and satellite earth station, this will then serve as the digital hub of EEC while aiming to become the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) data hub.

Digital Park Thailand is the destination for global players and world-class digital nomads to Invest-Work-Learn-Play because it will comprise of the following:

  1. Digital Industry Investment: Global Digital Player Destination
  2. DigiTech Acceleration: Global DigiTech Networking, 24/7 Innovation Workspace
  3. Digital Experience Innovation: Digital Theme Park, Animation & Movie Town
  4. Connectivity Hub: International Internet Gateway, Digital Data Hub, Satellite and Space Center

Digital Park Thailand is subdivided into 3 Zones:

Zone 1 – Private Sector Innovation Space

The digital business investment zone for foreign companies investing in Thailand.

Zone 2 – Digital Talent Space or Digital innovations zone (University 4.0 and Digital Academy)

This zone will comprise of centers for learning and sharing of digital technology, universities, and institutes for creations of digital innovations, such as Internet of Things (IoT) Institute. Renowned international and local universities offering digital-related courses and laboratories will then be established under collaboration between universities and the private sector.

Zone 3 – Smart Living Space and Innovation Workplace

Smart Living Space will comprise of residences, hotels, a shopping mall and a sport complex. Hence, this will make Digital Park Thailand a destination for international digital talent to live, work, learn and play.

Maximum Privilege 

Several incentive packages will be offered to business operators in Digital Park Thailand, which includes the following:

  1. Corporate and personal income tax privileges
  2. RDI regulatory exemption
  3. Ease to do business
  4. One-stop services
  5. Simplified VISA and work permit procedures.

The park is certainly going to be Thailand’s premier digital platform. Most importantly, this will pioneer testbeds and adoption of state-of-the-art digital technologies, Internet Of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence.

This is an exciting opportunity for end-users, entrepreneurs, corporate residents, investors and partners across the region and country. Because of the project’s digital capabilities and sound infrastructure, as well as a vibrant world-class environment, Digital Park Thailand will definitely make an exceptional location for business leaders considering relocating their digital businesses within ASEAN.

 

Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)

 
Thailand 4.0

Thailand 4.0 is an economic model that aims to transform the Thai economy from industry-driven into innovation-driven. Past economic development models placed emphasis on agriculture (Thailand 1.0), light industry (Thailand 2.0), and advanced industry (Thailand 3.0).

Thai economy has boomed during the first years of Thailand 3.0 platform. But in recent years, it has grown by only 3% to 4%. Thailand has been stuck in the middle-income trap for more than 20 years. Since the world is getting more competitive, Thailand has seen the necessity to launch Thailand 4.0 to boost its economy to become an innovation driven and a high-income country.

Four Objectives of Thailand 4.0
  1. Economic Prosperity – to create a value-based economy that is driven by innovation, technology and creativity.
  2. Social Well-being – to create a society that moves forward without leaving anyone behind through realization of the full potential of all members of society.
  3. Raising Human Values – to uplift the competency level of Thai people.
  4. Environmental Protection – to become a livable society that possesses an economic system capable of adjusting to climate change and low carbon society.
What is the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)?

The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is the initial project under the Thailand 4.0 scheme for the economic development of Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard. This project will drive the country’s investment in boosting innovation as well as acquisition and development of new and advance technology. This will mark as a momentous growth and transformation of Thailand’s economy. With good infrastructure and investment platform, the EEC can become the center for trade and investment thus making Thailand an attractive investment destination.

Initially, the EEC project will cover 3 eastern provinces namely Chonburi, Rayong and Chachoengsao covering a total area of 13,000 square kilometers. This area is being designated and promoted because of their capacity to increase investment possibilities and facilitate development of economic activities because of its strong recognition of the Thailand’s targeted industries and support of the Thailand 4.0 initiative. The Eastern Seaboard has proven success in Automobile, Electronic and Petrochemical industries, and has established strong connection to neighboring countries. It is EEC’s focus to improve this existing connectivity while promoting innovation.

 

Implementation Programmes for the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Development
  1. Infrastructure Development Implementation
  2. Targeted Industries Development Implementation
  3. Human Resource, Education, Research, and Technology Development Implementation
  4. Tourism Development and Promotion Implementation
  5. New City and Community Development
  6. Business Hub and Finance Hub Development Implementation
  7. PR and Mass Engagement Implementation
  8. Modern Agriculture, Irrigation, and Environment Implementation

 

Major Development Projects

Air Transport Development Plan

  • -Modernization of U-Tapao International Airport with expansion of existing runway and new passenger and cargo terminals.
  • -Transform U-Tapao Airport into a hub for Aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO).

Land Transport Development Project

  • -High Speed and double track railway and motorway expansion to provide Interconnectivity between industrial sites across the country to 3 deep sea ports and 3 international airports.

Sea Transport Development Plan

  • -Expansion of Laem Chabang Port Phase 3 to accommodate freight containers up to 18M Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEU) and 3M cars annually.
  • -Development of Mapthaphut Industrial Port Phase 3. This is designated for the transport of Liquid Freight and natural gas, which are important for raw materials for energy production and advanced petrochemical industry. The enhancement of this area’s infrastructure will be an advantage to better facilitate transportation of these products.
  • -Sattahip Commercial Port will be upgraded and modernized to become an international and cruise ferry port.
  • -Establishing new ferry port to connect major tourist destinations, designed to connect both sides of the Gulf of Thailand.

 

Targeted Industries
  1. The Next-Generation Automotive Industry
  2. Automation, Robotics and Intelligent Electronics Industry
  3. The Advance Agriculture and Biotechnology
  4. Food Processing Industry
  5. Medical Devices and Supplies Industries
  6. High Wealth, Medical Tourism and Comprehensive Healthcare Industry
  7. Digital Industry
  8. Satellite, Aviation and Logistics Industry
  9. Biofuels and Biochemicals Industries

 

What are the benefits of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) to investors?

The EEC intends to welcome foreign companies to invest in the Special Economic Zone with attractive incentives, as well as an assurance of infrastructure readiness and ease of doing business in Thailand.

  1. Exemption from Corporate Income Tax for up to 15 years
  2. Subsidies from the Fund for supporting expenses incurred in the investment, research and development, promotion of innovation or development of specific personnel of businesses in targeted industries
  3. Lowest personal income tax rate of 17% for executives and experts
  4. Long-term land lease for up to 50, and a renewal for up to 49 years
  5. Permission to own land for BOI promoted projects
  6. Work permit and visa assistance and a 5-year business visa
  7. Special Public-Private-Partnership procedure
  8. Fast-track Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approval
  9. Foreign currency account and use of foreign currencies without exchanging into Thai baht
  10. One-Stop Service Centre to facilitate foreign investors

The government is confident that the Easter Economic Corridor will mark its completion by year 2021. By then, the 3 Eastern provinces will turn out to be the center for technological manufacturing and services with strong land, sea and air connectivity to its ASEAN neighbors.

Discussion about Buddhist Dharma Pilgrimage in India

On the 30th of November 2017 at Magna Carta Law Office. The Kleshas Defence College, Class 17, were discussing and sharing experiences about their Buddhist Dharma Pilgrimage in India. This serves to guide us in the use of principles to aid the Precept, Concentration, and Wisdom which we can apply to everyday life and work experiences.

Darullbadah Masque Child Development Center growing of marigold flowers

Teachers and students from Darullbadah Masque Child Development Center get Marigold seedlings from the Pattaya Lawyers Council and will take part in growing of marigold flowers for the project “Gla Kao Peua Tam Dee” to decorate their school.

Disseminating Legal Knowledge to Pattaya Remand Prison

September 7, 2017 – Pattaya Lawyers Council together with Pattaya Remand Prison represented by Mr. Watcharawit Watchiralerpan (Prison Warden) opened the project “Gla Kao Peua Tam Dee” to disseminate legal knowledge to the inmates in Pattaya Remand Prison.

For this project is a legal aid project by the Pattaya Lawyers Council, this is an important purpose to promote assistance, advice, and dissemination of information to the people as well as to the inmates in prisons. Mr. Sorasit Pongin, a lawyer and as a lecturer of the Procedures for Criminal Trial, and Mr. Phattharasak Naenachan, a committee of Pattaya lawyers Council, provided information on the roles and duties of lawyers in assisting the inmates.

Mediation Honor the 65th Birthday of His Majesty the King

Last September 5, the Pattaya Kwaeng Court held the event “Mediation Honor for the 65th Birthday of His Majesty the King”. The information on Dispute Resolution was discussed during the event by Mr. Chertchai Arunothaivisarut, a committee of Pattaya Lawyers Council, to educate the students of Pattaya City 11th School (Mattayomsatipattaya).

Agencies got Marigold seedlings

Agencies got Marigold seedlings from the Pattaya Lawyers Council’s project “Gla Kao Peua Tam Dee”. All 38 agencies are as follows:

1.Banglamung District Non-formal  Education
2.Chalermrajakumari Public Library
3.Takhiantia Sub-District Non-formal  Education
4.Nongprue Sub-District Non-formal  Education
5.Nongpalai Sub-District Non-formal  Education
6.Banglamung Sub-District Non-formal  Education
7.Pong Sub-District Non-formal Education
8.Pattaya Klang Sub-District Non-formal Education
9.PattayaNua Sub-District Non-formal  Education
10.Pattaya Tai Sub-District Non-formal  Education
11.Huay Yai Sub-District Non-formal  Education
12.Khao Mai Kaew Sub-District Non-formal  Education
13.Pattaya Arunothai School
14.Nonghuamoo School
15.Pattaya City 10 (Ban Kho Lan) School
16.Watsutawat School
17.The Redemptorist Vocational School for People with Disabilities
18.Pong Saket School
19.Sotpattana School
20.Aksonrsuksa School
21.Phothisamphanphitthayakhan School
22.BanThungKlom School
23.Chonburi Primary Education Service Area Office 3
24.Pattaya City 10 School
25.Chonburi Land Office Banglamung Branch
26.St.Nicolas Church
27.DarulIbadah Mosque Pattaya City
28.The Pattaya Orphanage
29.Father Ray Foundation
30.Father Ray Children ‘s Home
31.Pattaya Redemptorist
32.Pattaya Redemptorist Children’s Home
33.The Redemptorist Foundation for People with Disabilities
34.The RedemptoristChild  Development Center
35.Pattaya Drop in Center
36.Child Protection and Development Center Ban Eared
37.Royal Thai Marine Corps
38.Pattaya City 8 School

Attend the growing marigold in Project “Gla Kao Peua Tam Dee”.

The committee and Advisors of Lawyers’ Council of Pattaya attended the growing of marigold for the Project “Gla Kao Peua Tam Dee”.

Marigold seedlings are available for the registered public and agencies

Marigold seedlings are available for the registered public and agencies. Contact The Pattaya Lawyers Council from today onwards, at 038-373-735 at 9.00 am-17.00 pm from Monday – Friday.