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Government unveils six key digital economy projects

Oct 09. 2015
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By JIRAPAN BOONNOON
THE NATION

The Information and Communications Technology Ministry has announced six flagship projects designed to support the government's "digital economy" scheme.

ICT Minister Uttama Savanayana said the projects would support and create opportunities and increase the efficiency of the private sector and the community.

Uttama said they would also promote social equality, utilise information technology so people could adopt government services through digital technology, develop human resources to support the digital economy and develop basic networks and connectivity of IT infrastructure.

They would also develop super-clusters that improved the quality of life of Thais, the minister said.

He said the ministry would provide knowledge to help small and medium-sized enterprises upgrade their IT systems, such as inventory and accounting systems, and enhance their businesses.

He said the ministry would order the Electronic Transactions Development Agency to encourage government agencies to provide online services to support the public.

He said the ministry would cooperate with universities such as Prince of Songkla University and government agencies to develop IT start-ups and invite content providers to launch businesses in Thailand.

The ministry will facilitate the sharing of resources by CAT Telecom and TOT, such as fibre-optic networks, to provide IT infrastructure to support the digital-economy scheme.

The government will also develop two “smart city” prototypes in Phuket and Chiang Mai.

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