By Juanita Nonwo – EM TV Online
Thailand’s Office of Electronic Government Agency and the Ministry of Information Technology and Communication (ICT) has launched a number of additional services under their electronic media tool – GovChannel, that will help to contain corruption in the country.
The launching these services under GovChannel – Thailand’s official site that is used to enhance the country’s strategic management and government services to citizens, is a step forward in the country’s fight against corruption.
With the tool, Thailand citizens can now have an insight into the Thailand government, establishing a better communication link between the people and the government.
The media tools launched under GovChannel include:
- G-News – A mobile application that contains reliable information from the Thailand government, which the public agencies can use to disseminate correct and up-to-date information.
- G-Chat – an online communication system for public agencies, and
- govspending.data.go.th – the website that contains ‘open government data’ on the country’s spending. This provides a transparency platform for Thailand citizens to be aware of what their government is doing, and monitor how their taxes are being used.
For example, citizens can check a proposed project in a particular area that is underway, how much in total was allocated to it, and how well the project is progressing.
After launching the tool, Thailand’s Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, announced that Thailand is now the first country that has given its citizens full access into seeing where and how the government is spending the country’s money.
Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha also stated that he was pleased with the online tools that present reliable, real-time and accurate data and information that the public can have access to through mobile phones.