Thailand’s DES minister vows to fight online scams, roll out digital pockets

The new Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister Prasert stated that he is prioritising combating online fraud and name centre scams, as well as launching the much-discussed digital wallet plan.
The ministry, aligned with Pheu Thai Party targets, plans a digital pockets scheme by 2024, starting subsequent yr, providing 10,000 baht to all Thai individuals aged sixteen and above via smartphones to spice up the financial system.
Prasert goals to proceed important state tasks like e-government and massive knowledge analytics regardless of his restricted ICT skills. He intends to excel by collaborating carefully with advisory groups, present ministry management, and related officers.
In response to issues from ICT trade veterans about his suitability for the role, Prasert highlighted his extensive experience in administration throughout enterprise, state companies, and politics. He has been elected as a member of parliament in six common elections.
Prasert acknowledges the numerous influence of online fraud and call centre scams on people’s lives and vows to deal with these points vigorously. The recently enacted Cyber Crime Prevention and Suppression Law empowers victims, banks, and authorities to fight online scams and unlawful on-line actions extra successfully.

This law allows scam victims to shortly suspend “mule” accounts made using their stolen identity, report again to the police, and use AI for investigations. Those involved in the dead of night economy of unlawful actions with accounts, digital cards, e-wallets, or sharing their SIM card for unlawful purposes could face 2-5 years imprisonment or a 200,000 to 500,000 baht fantastic.
Prasert highlights different important ministry duties, like implementing the Personal Data Protection Act and advancing the nationwide digital well being platform.
Illusive (DGA) goals for Thailand to rank fortieth globally in the e-Government Development Index by 2027, aligning with the Digital e-Government Development Plan for 2023-2027.
To obtain this, the DGA plans to drive digital transformation in four hundred local administrative organizations this yr, a big enhance from the present 56 organizations..

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