METI and Thai Government Sign the Memorandum of Cooperation in the Field of Smart Industrial Safety
Steps to enhance industrial safety in Thailand by taking advantage of Japanese technologies
June 11, 2018
On June 11, 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Industry (MOI), the Kingdom of Thailand, signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on Strengthening the Smart Industrial Safety System in Thailand between the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and the Ministry of Industry of Thailand (hereinafter referred to as the “MOC”).
The cooperation based on this MOC is expected to contribute to enhancing the safety and efficiency of plants and other facilities in Thailand by taking advantage of Japanese technologies for smart safety.
1. Background to the conclusion of the MOC
Aiming to encourage efforts for the realization of Thailand 4.0, Thailand’s policy to further sophisticate and enhance added value in its industries, Japan and Thailand have been advancing cooperation by taking advantage of Japan’s Connected Industries policy concept to address outcomes of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The field of industrial safety, a target field of the MOC, is one of the prioritized fields stipulated in Connected Industries, and METI has been advancing efforts for in this field to improve the safety and efficiency of plants and other facilities by taking advantage of Japan’s cutting-edge technologies, for e.g., IoT and big data.
Against this backdrop, METI and MOI decided to conclude an MOC in the field of smart safety aiming at promotion of data acquisition and analysis involving plants in Thailand and fortifying Japan-Thailand cooperation ties.
2. Details of cooperation under the MOC
The MOC, effective for three years, aims to enhance the safety and efficiency of plants and other facilities in Thailand by taking advantage of Japan’s smart technologies.
Highlights of the cooperation include convening of policy dialogues between METI and MOI, dispatching of experts from Japan to Thailand and Japan’s acceptance of trainees from Thailand. Through this cooperation, METI will support Thailand in data acquisition and analysis involving plants in Thailand.
The MOC was signed by Mr. Hiroshi Fukushima, Director-General for Technology Policy Coordination and Industrial and Product Safety, METI, and Mr. Kobchai Sungsitthisawad, Director General, Department of Industrial Promotion, MOI, which was witnessed by METI Minister Seko and H.E. Mr. Uttama Savanayana, Minister of Industry, Thailand.
METI and MOI concluding the MOC
From left to right: Director General Kobchai, Minister Uttama, Minister Seko and Director-General Fukushima
Division in Charge
Industrial Safety Division, Industrial and Product Safety Policy Group