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About UK's Smart City Initiatives in Thailand 

Urban population growth coupled with climate change present new challenges for densely populated city environments. While these challenges are substantial, they also present a unique opportunity for companies that develop, service and sustain our urban areas.  

The UK technology companies’ leading edge in this field has been built on five key pillars namely:

  • access to a growing market – both domestic and international
  • consumers/users receptive to adopting new technology
  • high quality infrastructure
  • strong regulatory environment and;
  • targeted innovation support.

The UK views working with Thailand, and Southeast Asia more broadly, on smart cities as part of its ongoing commitment to creating a stronger relationships in the region. 

As part of its commitment in the area, the UK has launched a series of initiatives that will further its partnerships with Thailand including; 

  • June 2020, Thailand was announced as a primary market for Britain's US$10.3-million Digital Trade Network in Asia-Pacific, which aims to increase the UK's digital expertise on the ground to nurture partnerships in the region.
  • September 2020, The United Kingdom has launched a new tech export academy that will give 30 firms involved in smart city solutions the opportunity to undertake a trade mission to Thailand (covid-dependent) in 2021. 
  • October 2020, the UK and the Thai MDES have jointly launched a "Smart City Handbook" to promote partnerships in smart city development between the two countries, outlining the smart cities landscape across Thailand, as well as providing examples of interesting UK smart city projects and expertise.
  • December 2020, the UK's Department for International Trade, in conjunction with the British government's Future Cities Programme, Thai Depa and research agency, Urban Studies Lab (USL), has kickstarted a series of workshop on 'driving smartcity solutions' for local authorities in 3 key provinces namely Chiang Mai, Chonburi and Khon Kaen. 

To learn more about the UK's key infrastructure and networks underpinning the UK's smart city success as well as a list of copmanies relevant to specific subsectors 

Download the UK's Smart City Directory

To learn more about case studies and overlapping opportunities between the UK and Thailand 

Download the Smart City Handbook

For further enquiries, please reach out to dit.thailand@fco.gov.uk. 

Updated: 04 December 2020