On 16 October 2019, senior government officials and innovators from all over the world gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in Thailand to discuss the future of government innovation in digital service delivery, data, citizen-centric services, smart cities, education, public safety, and more.

Jonathan Wong, Chief of Technology & Innovation at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific (UN ESCAP), and Dr Pun-Arj Chairatana, Director of the National Innovation Agency (NIA) of Thailand, welcomed the audience with their vision on government innovation in Asia.

H.E. Huda Al Hashimi, Assistant Director General for Strategy & Innovation in the Prime Minister’s Office of the United Arab Emirates and Li Hongyi, Director of Open Government Products for the Government Technology Agency of Singapore shared their experiences with keynote presentations.

Later in the day, Her Royal Highness Princess Sikhanyiso, Principal Princess of the Kingdom of Eswatini, Minister of Information & Communication Technology and Honorable Senator, and UNESCAP’s Wong presented the annual GovInsider Innovation Awards.

Wong said, “A huge thanks to them, I am really delighted to support GovInsider and NIA with this event. We need events like this, we need to convene these different countries and experts to move forward together.”

NIA’s Chairatana added: “On behalf of the National Innovation Agency and the Royal Thai Government, we wish that GovInsider Live can be part of the new landscape of Thailand to combine Thai wisdom, technologies, and innovation between the public and private sectors.”

GovInsider Live 2019 in the numbers:

  • 492 attendees
  • 33 countries
  • 138 public sector agencies
  • 52% VIPs, senior management and above
  • 65% government agencies
  • 69% Thai delegates

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