How Thais can reap more Alibaba investment benefits

How Thais can reap more Alibaba investment benefits

Jack Ma of Alibaba. To become an e-commerce and digital hub, Thailand must build a highly-skilled digital workforce. (Photo via University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce)
Jack Ma of Alibaba. To become an e-commerce and digital hub, Thailand must build a highly-skilled digital workforce. (Photo via University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce)

Alibaba's planned investment in Thailand has made the country more attractive as a Southeast Asia e-commerce and digital hub.

Last month, Alibaba Group, one of the world's largest e-commerce businesses, announced that it would invest in a "smart digital hub" in Thailand's Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and cooperate with the Thai government to develop a digital industry and digital skills for Thai people.

However, to become a real regional e-commerce and digital hub and reap the full benefits from such an investment, Thailand faces one big challenge -- building a highly skilled digital workforce. Are we ready for this?

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Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu

Research Director for Innovation Policy for Sustainable Development

Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu, PhD, is Research Director for Innovation Policy for Sustainable Development at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI). Policy analyses from TDRI appear in the Bangkok Post on alternate Wednesdays.

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