Background of the Department of Industrial Promotion
of the “Division of Industry”, under the Division of Commerce, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, was established according to the Royal Decree on Organization, and Division and Office Practice within the Ministry of Economic Affairs (Vol. 13) enacted on 25 January B.E. 2479.
The objectives of the Division of Industry were to support, promote, research, govern and protect various industries that already operated and was going to be operated in accordance with regulations. In the first stage, it emphasized on the promotion of Cottage industry. In B.E. 2480, the Royal Decree on Organization of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (Vol.7) was enacted on 1 April B.E. 2481, and the Division changed its duties to both factory control and industrial activity promotion as well as management of the shop, named “Thai Industry Shop” for label product. In B.E. 2484, the government realized the importance of the Division of Industry towards the development of domestic industries which were expanding; therefore, the Division of Industry was promoted to be the “Department of Industry” under the Ministry of Economy according to the Organization of Ministries, Sub-Ministries and Departments Act B.E. 2484.
In B.E. 2485, the government proclaimed the Royal Enactment amending the Organization of Ministries, Sub-Ministries and Departments Act B.E. 2485 to establish the Ministry of Industry. The Department of Industry’s was changed to the Department of Industrial Promotion (DIP), under the Ministry of Industry, on 5 May 2485, with the policies to promote the existence of necessary industries of the country.
In B.E. 2518, the Department of Industrial Promotion expanded to local sectors by establishing the Northern Industrial Service Division at Chiang Mai province as per the Royal Decree of Organization of the Department of Industrial Promotion B.E. 2518. The expansion also reached the Southern region at Songkhla province, and Northeastern region at Khon Kaen province, and later, in B.E. 2532, the Western region at Suphan Buri province and Eastern region at Chonburi province.
In B.E. 2536,The Department of Industrial Promotion established another 6 regional Industrial Promotion Centers at Phitsanulok province, Pichit province, Udon Thani province, Nakhon Ratchasima province, Buriram province and Surat Thani province. By the resolution of the cabinet in 27 July B.E. 2536. So, the 11 Industrial Promotion Center in were ready to support the expansion of industrial sector throughout the country.
In B.E. 2545,According to the State Administration Act (Vol. 5) B.E. 2545 and the Organization of Ministries, Sub-Ministries and Departments Act B.E. 2545.The roles, missions, and operations of DIP were once again changed in order to the public quickly and properly.
In B.E. 2548, In B.E. 2548, the cabinet resolved in the extraordinary cabinet meeting on 17 November B.E. 2546 to divide the provinces into 19 groups. To get up its suitable strategies plan. At that time, the location of Industrial Promotion Center Region 7, located at Buriram province, was changed to Ubon Ratchathani province since 1 April B.E. 2548.
In B.E. 2550
, In B.E. 2550, there was a reform of the government organization according to the resolution of the cabinet resolved on 19 December B.E. 2549 to improve and develop the government sectors and practices as well as personnel administration to be modern and able to support the strategies and warranty of government practices of the Department of Industrial Promotion. The Office of Strategy Management was established, and the Office of Secretary was changed to the Bureau of Central Administration. In addition, the Office of the Industrial Business and Entrepreneurship Development was divided into the Office of Industrial Management and the Office of Entrepreneurship Development. These were announced in the Government Gazette and the Ministerial Regulation on the Organization of the Department of Industrial Promotion, Ministry of Industry on 23 January B.E. 2551.