The Ministry of Labour opened the full-service EEC Labour Administration Center in preparation to increase the potential of workers within EEC, driving Thailand into the 4.0 era
On January 17, 2019, at the Chonburi Skill Development Institute 3, Muang Chon Buri, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense General Prawit Wongsuwan, presided over the opening ceremony of the EEC Labour Administration Center, observed the labour development cooperation activities, visited the Training Center for Automation and Robotics and career fair. Labour Minister, H.E. Police General Adul Sangsingkeo, the ministry’s executives and staff welcomed the visiting party.
General Prawit said that the government under the leadership of Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha has determined that the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is one of the critical mechanisms for driving the 20-year national strategy and the Thailand 4.0 policy, with focus on developing the 10 targeted industries. This includes sectors and services that use technology and innovation in production, to increase the overall national productivity and competitiveness. Human resource development that meets the developmental needs of the EEC is an important factor that drives the government to achieve its goals. Managing labour within the EEC area requires information on the needs of local workers, to pair people with the right job, as well as determine the direction of workforce development and professional, to become super workers, able to work with modern technology effectively. The EEC Labour Administration Center will be a center that can facilitate labour issues for employers, investors, entrepreneurs and workers, quickly and thoroughly, and truly meet the labour needs of all sectors. It will also enable response to the labour needs of over 37,000 organizations and over 1.5 million workers.
Pol.Gen. Adul added that The Ministry of Labour is the primary agency, together with government agencies, the private sector and educational institutions to create a database and action plan to provide comprehensive labour services in terms of recruitment, development, welfare, workplace safety and social security. Additionally, it aims to facilitate employers and investors in the area providing improved visa and work permit services which will create confidence for business investment in the EEC area. The driving measures are split into 3 phases that are: 1. The critical stage, recruiting 14,767 workers in the EEC for over 1,000 companies. The Ministry of Labour together with related agencies, in particular, the Office of the Eastern Economic Corridor Policy Committee (EECO) or the EEC Office in the survey of needs. 2. The medium-term of 1-5 years, to encourage more than 580,000 people to develop their skills, focusing on the ability of workers to be able to keep up with technological changes in the future and 3. The long term of 5-10 years, to provide a database system that links recruitment with individuals, changes the human development process of the whole from the method of thinking, training, teaching and work that meet the needs of workers.
Essential factors to achieve the goals depend on systematic labour management in the EEC area to increase labour potential with training and boost skills in targeted fields of professional work to become super workers, able to use technology and innovations in working effectively. The establishment of the center will help push such policies to become concrete and create opportunities to drive the EEC area to become a regional economic center in the near future.
Source: Ministry of Labour