THE THAILAND Creative & Design Centre yesterday joined forces with Thailand Post to make Bangkok’s Central Post Office the hub for digital and creative developments as well as becoming the new TCDC office.
TCDC will rent between 8,000 and 9,000 square metres of two buildings of the Central Post Office. It will provide its existing services while adding new ones such as business matching and working space for start-ups, and more services according to its market research.
Noppadol Weerakitti, the TCDC’s managing director for information technology and facilities, said the centre would invest more than Bt100 million to renovate and lay down technology infrastructure.
The post office will house the centre’s new office, creative and design exhibitions, and a library.
«Now, we are in the process of designing the whole landscape. Then, we will implement it. It is expected to be finished and be opened by the end of 2016,» Noppadol said.
Anusara Chittmittrapap, vice president of the Thailand Post board, said the TCDC would rent part of the Central Post Office for Bt3 million per month, under a contract renewable every three years.
Piyawat Mahapauraya, acting president of Thailand Post, said the collaboration would encourage both creative-design and digital-technology businesses in Thailand.
Deputy Prime Minister Yongyuth Yuthavong said this collaboration was also a part of the military government’s quest for a «digital economy».
The effect would be seen right away in businesses located around the Central Post Office on Charoen Krung Road, which is one of the most important historical areas of Bangkok. Therefore it would link the capital’s historical areas with modern creative and digital technologies.
He said Thailand was no different from other countries that were moving into a digital society, with a lot of sudden changes.
For example, physical department stores in a mature digital society have seen their business damaged by the boom of electronic commerce.
Media, especially newspapers and television, are also disrupted by digital technologies. Media have to adjust themselves in a digital society, otherwise they cannot continue to exist. Even the education system is adapting both at the teaching and learning levels to digital technology, he said.
«The mission of the government is to drive Thailand out of its status as a middle-income country. The government’s digital economy is the crucial policy to help it achieve that goal,» Yongyuth said.