Overview of the Ministry of Science and Technology

Created on Sunday, 25 November 2012 Published Date Written by Super User

In 1979, the Thai Government first established an agency deal with science and technology under the name of the “Ministry of Science, Technology and Energy”.  The establishment   was under the Amendment Act of the Proclamation of Revolutionary Party No 216 dated September 29, 1972 and announced in Royal Gazette Vol. 96 dated March 23, 1979.

Later in 1992, the name was changed to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MOSTE) with 3 main responsibilities: science and technology, environment and energy.  MOSTE had its roles and objectives to formulate the national policy on the 3 aspects, to implement these policies efficiently and in coordination to bring about the most socio – economic benefits and national stability.

Due to MOSTE’s responsibilities on science and technology, environment and energy was not directly related to achieve the objectives of national development in each field.  MOSTE should structure the administration to be 4 Ministries:  Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and Ministry of Science and Technology in order to solve the above problem.

Therefore, from October 2002, according to the Bureaucratic Restructuring Act B.E. 2545 (Section 5), Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment had changed its name to “Ministry of Science and Technology”.

The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) is presently tasked with forwarding the policy and strategic plan for science, technology and innovation and seeing to its effective and substantive implementation, both in terms of research and development as well as in terms of creating cooperative mechanisms between all sectors of society, with a view to promoting economic benefits and enhancing quality of life.  Under the vision of “excelling as the steward or main organization in the development of science, technology and innovation” the Ministry of Science and Technology aims to create and enrich the intellect of Thai society, in a manner that will support economic and social development and sustainable competitiveness.  There are 16 important supporting agencies to assist in this respect, namely the government agencies, autonomous agencies, state enterprises, and public organizations, which all come under the structure of Ministry of Science and Technology. (See Organization Chart of MOST)

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