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Government targets end of photocopy mania by August

BANGKOK: The Office of the Public Sector Development Commission (OPDC) has teamed up with the Electronic Government Agency (EGA) to eliminate the need to submit hard copies of official documents at government offices by August.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 4 May 2018, 09:50AM

The number of photocopies of the same old documents filed with immigration and other government offices time and again may soon be coming to an end. Photo: Shela Riva

The number of photocopies of the same old documents filed with immigration and other government offices time and again may soon be coming to an end. Photo: Shela Riva

According to OPDC Secretary-General Tosaporn Sirisamphan, the move was an order from Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to establish a “no copy” policy and develop an electronic archive-based approach in certification processes.

Official documents often required by government agencies – including the countless copies of documents of foreigners kept by Immigration – include copies of national identification cards and house registration, among others, he said.

Mr Tosaporn said both agencies will coordinate with government bodies to find ways to end the requirement to print out hard copies of documents by the specified deadline.

“This will be imperative to developing more efficient governmental processes, and meet public demand for modern government services,” he said.

In the meantime, an application on government agencies to help the public will be launched by the end of the month, EGA chief Sak Segkhoonthod said.

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Called “Citizeninfo”, the app will tell users which documents are needed at government offices, he added.

Mr Sak said the service will include feedback, where the public can rate the quality of service they receive from an agency. The app will be accessible to Android and iOS users.


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Foot | 04 May 2018 - 15:11:44

Did the 2 day Yearly Visa extension this week.

May 1, went incredibly smoothly.  All agents very helpful.  There were very few people getting their paperwork done.  Probably, because many thought Immigration was closed on Labor Day.

May 2, things were much different. Agents not helpful. Many people.  Part of the problem is departments don't update computer records so 2nd set of copies re...

Discover Thainess | 04 May 2018 - 12:51:39

This will be wonderful, the security risks of so many copies of documents out there cannot be imagined. Just last month I picked up a TM30 at Patong Immigration that was printed onto the back of some business forms complete with ID card copy and original company chop from Sunrise Divers in Karon. If this is what happens to all docs submitted then it’s a identity theft nightmare today. 

Pauly44 | 04 May 2018 - 10:42:14

It's about time, welcome to the 21st century! Trees will be happy, now just wait for all the data entry mistakes to follow and the opportunities to profit.

Kurt | 04 May 2018 - 10:33:27

The thai photo copy habit will not be ended by August 2018.
It is a thai nation plague.
Thai office employees, governmental and non governmental, love copies, the more nonsense copies about stuff they already have in their pc system, the happier they feel.
It shows that they 'work', and not think about how many trees could be saved by ending nonsense copies practising.

Sir Burr | 04 May 2018 - 10:00:23

Would be nice to head to Immigration with just a thumb-drive....

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