Thai ministry works with tech firms to push work-from-home solution

  • Thailand
  • Tuesday, 10 Mar 2020

Thai Minister of Digital Economy and Society Puttipong Punnakanta. - The Nation

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN): The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DES) is working with the private sector to promote working from home for employees as a solution to ensure seamless business operations amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

DES Minister Puttipong Punnakanta said that his ministry is cooperating with private partners to develop and customise tools that enable people to work from home seamlessly and reduce the need to go out and risk the new coronavirus that has affected several industries in Thailand.

“These partners include six internet service providers: CAT Telecom, TOT, Advance Info Service, Total Access Communication, True Corporation and 3BB, and three software developers -- Microsoft, Cisco and Google, ” he said.

“We are planning to develop tools based on Microsoft Team, WebEx Team and Hangout applications to ensure seamless business operations even when staff are working from their residences.”

The minister added that selected government agencies will take part in a pilot project

“Internet and software providers have agreed to provide free services for six months that will cover the documentation system, the file storage system, video conference and other office administrative tasks, ” he said.

“The DES will also monitor the privacy and security of personal and sensitive information over this working-at-home network to ensure that the original privacy policy can still be maintained.

“The DES has been strictly following measures announced by the Ministry of Public Health in preventing and controlling the spread of Covid-19, and we hope that the working-from-home solution will help reduce the risk of virus spreading in the work place while enabling businesses to move forward in the current situation, ” added Puttipong. - The Nation/Asia News Network

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