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Organization Chart Details

Functions of the division of the Board of Investment

About the BOI

The office of the Board of Investment or BOI is a government agency organized under the Office of the Prime Minister. Its main role and responsibility is to promote direct investment. The Board of Investment prescribes investment promotion policies according to the Investment Promotion Act B.E. 2520, and the subsequent Amendment Acts No. 2 B.E. 2534, No. 3 B.E. 2544, and No. 4 B.E. 2560. The Board of Investment consists of the Prime Minister as Chairman, the Minister of Industry as Vice Chairman, and not more than ten other competent persons appointed by the Prime Minister to act as members, with the Secretary General serving as both a member and secretary to the Board. The Prime Minister may also appoint up to five other competent persons to act as advisors.

BOI promotes projects which:

        1. Enhance the technological and industrial efficiency of the country;
        2. Utilize domestic resources;
        3. Create new job opportunities;
        4. Develop both basic and/or supporting industries;
        5. Create income in foreign currency;
        6. Develop the economies of the regions;
        7. Develop infrastructure;
        8. Promote natural resource conservation;
        9. Reduce environmental issues and problems.

The BOI provides various privileges including both tax and non-tax incentives, such as providing guarantees for investment projects which align with the desired goals for national economic development. Moreover, BOI services include providing advice and information on investment opportunities, as well as the rules and regulations applicable to BOI investment promotions. It helps facilitate business operations such as the initial company establishment and assists with the work permit application process. It provides support for establishing industrial linkages and for the sourcing of local suppliers. It also provides counsel and training courses on overseas investment for Thai investors.

Office of the Secretary General

The duties of the Office are:

(1) to operate as the general administrator for the Office, and facilitate the secretarial work of the Board, its Sub-committees and working groups appointed by the Board of Investment;

(2) to manage the finances, accounting, budgeting, and materials purchases, and the premises and vehicles of the OBOI;

(3) to oversee the management of human resources and civil service employee development, enhance discipline and prevent criminal and civil liabilities;

(4) to manage all documentation according to applicable laws and regulations, any contracts or issues of criminal and civil liabilities, and any cases under the BOI’s area of responsibility;

(5) to provide promotional certificates according to the Board of Investment, and collect and organize the documents of the projects applying for investment promotion;

(6) to cooperate with or support the performance of other relevant agencies or others as assigned.

International Affairs Division

The duties of the Division are:

(1) to study and analyze investment trends, manage the action plan and actively promote Thai investment overseas;

(2) to study, analyze, and attend meetings on international business agreements or international investment cooperation;

(3) to defend against lawsuits in the case of promoted industries being prosecuted for using the privileges and incentives provided for their investments;

(4) to study and analyze the investment rules of other countries;

(5) to cooperate with or support the performance of other relevant agencies or others as assigned.

Investment Promotion Divisions 1-5

Their duties are:

(1) to analyze investment project proposals and provide opinions on the suitability of the investment promotion. To management rights and benefits of projects that are eligible for investment promotion. Monitor, and supervise the operations of the promoted projects to ensure they are in accordance with the investment promotion criteria;

(2) to collect data and analyze the promoted project in terms of its economic impact;

(3) to study and analyze the information of industries under their area of responsibility and propose investment promotion guidelines for those industries, including how to provide the rights and benefits as prescribed under the Investment Promotions Act.

(4) to cooperate with or support the performance of other relevant agencies or others as assigned.

There are 5 Investment Promotion Divisions.

  • Investment Promotion Division 1 (Bio and Medical Industries)
  • Investment Promotion Division 2 (Advanced Manufacturing Industries)
  • Investment Promotion Division 3 (Basic and Supporting Industries)
  • Investment Promotion Division 4 (High Value Services)
  • Investment Promotion Division 5 (Creative and Digital Industries)

Investment Ecosystem Division

The duties of this Division are:

(1) to create a supportive environment for investors by coordinating with other relevant agencies to provide the necessary factors which facilitate investment in the targeted industries in accordance with stated government policies;

(2) to study the investment potential of, and develop and attract investments in the national priority industries;

(3) to suggest promotional measures which will encourage investment for economic development and technology transfer;

(4) to process and develop links between raw material producers and product manufacturers for creating business and investment opportunities in the supporting industries;

(5) to solve any problems investors may encounter by coordinating with both the public and private sectors;

(6) to coordinate with the Regional Investment and Economic Centers 1-7;

(7) to cooperate with and support the performance of other relevant agencies or others as assigned.

Industrial Linkage Development Division

The Industrial Linkage Development Division encourages growth in supporting industries in Thailand. It provides information on subcontracting opportunities and offers its support to buyer firms seeking sourcing networks in Thailand. It helps small and medium-sized Thai suppliers achieve the standards required to enter into productive subcontracting arrangements. Its extensive database on subcontractors in Thailand provides matchmaking services for firms seeking specific components or raw materials.

Investment Strategy and Policy Division

Its duties are:

(1) to arrange the investment promotional strategy and policies. To define the investment promotion criteria and to grant rights and benefits;

(2) to arrange the overall strategy for attracting foreign investment and promoting Thai investments abroad;

(3) to plan future investment developments in accordance with the national development strategy;

(4) to study and monitor the inbound investment situation and foreign investments to enable policies and establish targets of investment promotion;

(5) to coordinate and to prepare the budgeting plan and the action plan in accordance with government policy, investment promotion policy, and the Ministry's policy and master plan;

(6) to evaluate the impact of exiting investment promotion policies and criteria;

(7) to cooperate with or support the performance of other relevant agencies or others as assigned.

Foreign Investment Marketing Division

Its duties are:

(1) to study and analyze investment information of targeted countries and investors and build an investment database of those countries and investors;

(2) to arrange investment attraction strategies by country and foreign investment attraction plan;

(3) to conduct activities in accordance with the investment attraction plan in Thailand and abroad by coordinating with agencies and organizations in both public and private sectors;

(4) to build foreign investment attraction networks in Thailand and abroad;

(5) to coordinate with the BOI’s Overseas Offices;

(6) to monitor and to evaluate the investment attraction activities;

(7) to cooperate with or support the performance of other relevant agencies or others as assigned.

Thai Overseas Investment Promotion Division

Its duties are:

(1) to collect, study, and analyze investment information about targeted countries and industries;

(2) to arrange strategies, develop measures, and generate Thai investment promotional plans for targeted countries overseas;

(3) to conduct activities in accordance with the Thai overseas investment promotion plans;

(4) to build and expand promotional networks for Thai overseas investment in Thailand and abroad;

(5) to provide advice and services relating to overseas investment promotion and train Thai investors who intend to invest in abroad;

(6) to follow up and solve any problems of Thai investors investing abroad;

(7) to monitor and evaluate the Thai overseas investment promotion’s activities;

(8) to cooperate with or support the performance of other relevant agencies or others as assigned.

Information Technology Center

Its duties are:

(1) to develop information technology and communication policies, arrange master plans, and build action plans in accordance with national policies;

(2) to study, analyze, design and develop the BOI's information system in accordance with the BOI’s mission and strategy to support investment promotion;

(3) to study, analyze, design and develop additional information systems in accordance with investor’s requirements;

(4) to build the investment information management database center, design the database, manage the information collection systems, and to record the data generate the resulting investment statistical reports;

(5) to study, design and manage the internal network and links with external agencies;

(6) to cooperate with and support the performance of other relevant agencies or others as assigned.

Investment Services Center

Its duties are:

(1) to provide advice, suggestions, and investment information. To help investors locate appropriate investment opportunities, introduce prospective joint venture partners and provide useful information for making investment decisions;

(2) to provide services and permits to stay in Thailand, to allow investors to bring in necessary skilled foreign workers and experts. To coordinate with the visa and work permit service center;

(3) to administer an investment information center;

(4) to oversee customer relations work both domestically and internationally;

(5) to provide services, publish media, and manage public relations. To create the Thai Image Enhancement Plan for building confidence in the investment potential and climate in Thailand and abroad;

(6) to cooperate with or support the performance of other relevant agencies or others as assigned.

Regional Investment and Economic Centers 1 - 7

Their duties are:

(1) to promote and attract the investment within the particular region;

(2) to provide advice and guidance, and information for investors;

(3) to administrate the rights and benefits, as well as monitor and supervise the operation of promoted projects in accordance with the investment promotion criteria;

(4) to build investment networks and industrial linkages in Thailand and abroad;

(5) to cooperate with or support the performance of other relevant agencies or others as assigned;

At present, the BOI has 7 Regional Investment and Economic Centers as follows:

1 Regional Investment and Economic Center 1 Chiang Mai)

2. Regional Investment and Economic Center 2 (Nakhon Ratchasima)

3. Regional Investment and Economic Center 3 (Khon Kaen)

4. Regional Investment and Economic Center 4 (Chon Buri)

5. Regional Investment and Economic Center 5 (Songkhla)

6. Regional Investment and Economic Center 6 (Surat Thani)

7. Regional Investment and Economic Center 7 (Phitsanulok)

Overseas Offices

Their duties include:

(1) to promote and attract the foreign investors to invest in the targeted industries in accordance with the government policies. To provide investment information by arranging meetings, seminars, presentations, and other appropriate methods;

(2) to provide useful advice, suggestions and assistance by providing current information for investors or potential investors who are interested in investing, and to provide information about available joint venture partners;

(3) to organize trips for business delegations to study investment opportunities in Thailand.

(4) to assist and coordinate with local press media in order to attract investment in the responsible area;

(5) to be the representative of the Thailand Board of Investment in attending any international meetings as assigned;

(6) to collect information and monitor the economic and investment situation in the responsible area. To analyze the primary information and report to the BOI on a regular basis;

(7) to provide suggestions for arranging or providing material or updates to publications and other media, which can be used per its proposes;

(8) to coordinate with the Thailand Board of Investment through the Foreign Investment Marketing Division as per agreed guidelines;

(9) to perform any other tasks as assigned by the Board.

There are 16 overseas offices which are:

(1) Overseas Office in New York City, United States of America is responsible for all of the USA (other than those states noted in item 2) and Canada.

(2) Overseas Office in Los Angeles, USA. is responsible for the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Alaska, Washington, Montana, Hawaii, as well as the country of Mexico.

(3) Overseas Office in Frankfurt, Federal Republic of Germany is responsible for the following countries which include the Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, the Swiss Confederation, the Kingdom of Belgium, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Republic of Poland, the Czech Republic, and the Republic of Hungary.

(4) Overseas Office in Paris, France is responsible for the countries of France, the United Kingdom, the Italian Republic, the Kingdom of Spain, the Portuguese Republic, and Ireland.

(5) Overseas Office in Tokyo, Japan is responsible for the country of Japan, except the area under item 6.

(6) Overseas Office in Osaka, Japan is responsible for the Kansai region and Shikoku Island.

(7) Overseas Office in Shanghai, People's Republic of China is responsible for the areas of Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Shandong, Henan, Hubei, Shaanxi, Sichuan and Chongqing.

(8) Overseas Offices in Taipei, Taiwan is responsible for all of Taiwan.

(9) Overseas Office in Beijing, People's Republic of China is responsible for the regions which include Beijing, Hebei, Shanxi, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang and Tianjin.

(10) Overseas Office in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China is responsible for the regions which include Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Hainan and Hong Kong.

(11) Overseas Office in Sydney, Commonwealth of Australia is responsible for the Commonwealth of Australia and for New Zealand.

(12) Overseas Office in Seoul, South Korea is responsible for South Korea.

(13) Overseas Office in Stockholm, Sweden is responsible for the Kingdom of Sweden, the Kingdom of Denmark, the Republic of Finland, the Kingdom of Norway, and the Russian Federation.

(14) Overseas Office in Mumbai, India is responsible for the Republic of India.

(15) Overseas Office in Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam is responsible for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

(16) Overseas Office in Jakarta, Indonesia is responsible for Indonesia.

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