Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi)
Establishing the EECi
The Ministry of Science and Technology called upon the success and experience of the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) to develop a Conceptual Framework for the Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation.
The main objectives of EECi
- Technology and innovation research and development, designed to reach “the real world”, i.e., to achieve scientific findings in a laboratory setting that can be “translated” into practical industrial applications.
- Transferring technologies to the industrial sector in order to develop the country’s 10 targeted industries, by upgrading and strengthening existing industries and creating new industries with high levels of technology. The EECi will also promote startups with high levels of technology and innovation a move that is seen as fundamental to the growth of new industries, both within the EECi and in other parts of the country.
- Creating links to networks of research and development both within Thailand and overseas, to help generate an innovative society with high levels of technology and to achieve a working integration, or “triple helix” relationship, between the private sector, educational and research institutes, and government organizations. To extend the “triple helix” concept by involving people in local communities, thus creating a “quadruple helix” working integration.
EECi will develop within an ecosystem which is, itself, an innovation. It will have new economic areas focused on research and development and innovation, including government and private-sector laboratories, field laboratories, leading testing and analysis centers, pilot plants and demonstration plants. All of this will improve the quality of life of local people. The components of the innovation ecosystem and its operational model
- The EECi will be a source of concentrated research and innovation that aims to address the needs of industries, both within the EECi and throughout the country, through a working integration of private-sector organizations, educational and research institutes, and the government.
- It will use a concentration of public and private laboratories to promote coworking, knowledge exchange, and exchanges of equipment and tools.
Targeted Technology and Innovation
- ARIPOLIS: A research and innovation center for automation, robotics and intelligent systems
The focus here will be on serving the digital economy, which is Thailand’s main development target. From Aripolis will spring the stimulation and encouragement to create a new industry based on automation, robotics and intelligent systems. This will not only directly enhance economic growth, but will also provide crucial support to the transformation and development of the other nine “strategic” industries, whether they are located within the EECi or elsewhere in the country. Therefore, the intense concentration on technology and innovation in the EECi will create a fundamental base for development of the strategic industries, helping to drive the country’s economy forwards. As a mechanism to support the Eastern Economic Corridor project, this will upgrade the competitiveness of manufacturers, commercial enterprises and services. Modern commerce will then be connected to transportation systems, making the EECi a part of the global value chain. Along the way, local people will benefit from technology and innovation, substantially improving their well-being.
- BIOPOLIS: A center for research and innovation in life sciences and biotechnology.
Biopolis will focus on the development of industrial groups under the bioeconomy scheme, which is concerned with that part of the country’s economy arising from its current agricultural base. The aim is to drive the development of the country’s agricultural economy with science, technology, and innovation, to create value-added products from agriculture goods and continuously create growth opportunities for agricultural industries. This enhanced agricultural development will give Thailand an increased and sustainable competitive advantage. As a center of innovative research and development in bio-sciences and biotechnology, Biopolis will support the bioeconomy scheme, which encompasses the bioenergy industry, biochemicals and bioplastics, and the nutraceutical, biomedical and biopharma industries. The bioenergy industry aims to reduce imported energy and increase the country’s energy stability; biochemicals and bioplastics industries produce goods that are environmentally friendly; and the nutraceutical, biomedical and biopharma industries help to increase the quality of life for Thai people. Biopolis will also expand collaboration in life sciences and biotechnology research and development to increase agricultural productivity, improve seed stocks and transform raw agricultural goods into high-value products.
- KRENOVAPOLIS: A center for creating innovations in space technology and geo-informatics.
Krenovapolis is an important mechanism for developing Thailand’s science, technology and innovation infrastructure, in order to support a sustainable economy and promote social development. It aims to provide fundamental infrastructure for innovations in science and geo-informatics, applying to many fields and technologies; to utilize intellectual capital; to create knowledgeable and skilled workers; and to develop an innovative economy for Thailand.
The EECi also includes the Sriracha Innovation District, operated in Chonburi province by the National Innovation Agency (NIA), part of the Ministry of Science and Technology. Its objective is to create localized activities involving technology and innovation over both short and long terms. It also creates collaboration among universities , government and private sector organizations in its area to incubate and develop startups and to support and encourage the development of local innovations.
- Wangchan Valley
The EECi site at Wangchan Valley is owned by PTT Public Company Limited and is located in Tambon Payupnai, Wangchan District, Rayong Province
The EECi site at Wangchan Valley covers about 3000 rai (480 hectares). It is occupied by the Kamnoetvidya Science Academy (KVIS), the Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC), and the Wangchan Reforestation Project. Together, they cover about 1000 rai, leaving about 2000 rai (320 hectares) to be developed by the Ministry of Science and Technology and PTT Public Company Limited.
The EECi at Wangchan Valley will concentrate on two categories of technology and innovation:
Aripolis, the center for research and innovation in automation, robotics and intelligent systems, and Biopolis, the center for research and innovation in life sciences and biotechnology.
- Space Krenovation Park (SKP)
The EECi’s “Space Krenovation Park” is being developed on 120 rai (19.2 hectares) of land in Sriracha district, Chonburi province. The site is already home to Thailand's Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), part of the Ministry of Science and Technology. The EECi at Space Krenovation Park will provide a focal point for the third category of technology and innovation: Krenovapolis: A center for creating innovations in space technology and geo-informatics.
EECi Website: http://www.eeci.or.th/
Digital Park Thailand (EECd)
Digital Park Thailand is a new economic cluster, strategically located on Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), aiming to be the destination for digital global players and digital biz innovators to Invest-Work-Learn-Play together in the park where digital lifestyle meet up with digital business. Surrounded with regional logistic hub, strength of numerous world-class digital production, and well known academic institutes, foster thriving digital innovation ecosystem.
The park itself plays an important role as ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) data hub with ultra high speed broadband infrastructure powered by CAT, including international submarine cable station, data center and satellite earth station, thus, Digital Park Thailand is fully capable to serve even the most stringent demand of global digital players. Upon work - integrated atmosphere between investors, innovators and incumbent manufacturers, the best digital startup and digital biz transformation will rise up research innovation in exponential growth. Government will provide maximum incentive package both tax and non-tax measures, including RDI regulatory exemption, ease to do business, and privileges for investors and digital specialists. The park is going to be Thailand’s premier digital showcase and will pioneer testbeds and adoption of state-of-the-art digital technologies, Internet Of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence.
What's in the park
Digital Park Thailand is the destination for global players and world-class digital nomads to Invest-Work-Learn-Play
- DigiTech Acceleration: Global DigiTech Networking, 24/7 Innovation Workspace
- Digital Industry Investment: Global Digital Player Destination
- Digital Experience Innovation: Digital Theme Park, Animation & Movie Town
- Digital Connectivity Hub: International Internet Gateway, Satellite and Space Center, Digital Data Hub
Digital Park Thailand is initiated under the collaboration of CAT, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT). Located in a 600-rai area in Si Racha District, Chonburi, the Park will be the hub of digital investment and innovation.
EECd Website: http://digitalparkthailand.org