“ATCI” announces 4 new missions, ensuring to help promote the government’s digital economy policy for further advancement

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Bangkok — 10 June 2015 — The new board of directorsof theAssociation of Thai ICT Industry (ATCI) announces its four new missions aiming to propel the nation’s IT industry throughout the two year term. It promises that 2 out of 4 core missions can be done immediately with full support given. The board is confident that all the missions will help the Thai IT industry eliminate its weakest link and be able to stand at the forefront of the ASEAN Economic Community. It will also help guide the Thai government to make Thailand the digital nation.             

Dr Thanachart Numnonda, president of the Association of Thai ICT Industry (ATCI)unveiled thatthe new board of directors’ vision and missions consist of four aspects,one of which is Digital Economy policy that the government is using as strategies to administrate the country in the future.
“We at the ATCI view that the digital economy policy is a good move but the important thing is that we have to push the public sector to become digitalized first. At this point, ATCI urges the government to reform itself by looking for a prototype agency that does not need to set up a new one. We believe that this commitment will cause a domino effect. If one agency can do it, then several other agencies would follow.”

ATCI_2015bThe "digital economy” policy refers to an economy that is based on digital technologies, which are rapidly transforming both businesses   and societies. The key part is to use IT to drive the country’s economy. That includes the use of technology to optimize the management, networking, modernizing work processes to meet the needs of people who use the service. This policy is a result of how digital media and ICT became part of people’s daily life in Thailand. This can lead to an extension to other economic systems in terms of the conduct of business, trade, education, public health services, as well as the use of ICT to improve the quality of life.

In addition to the digital economy policy, the other three missions that the new blood of the ATCI board of directors has announced consist of international, education and business affairs. These three missions will surely help Thailand’s IT industry to substantially leverage itself.

“The mission that the ATCI keeps carrying out and will be more important is the international affairs. ATCI is a member of many international associations. With this advantage, we can bring companies from Thailand to present to the international markets, in terms of joining exhibition and software competition,” Dr Thanachart said.

On education part, ATCI sees that the current technology is changing really fast, but the personnel part is not consistent. Therefore ATCI wants to help bridge the gap by developing curriculum or matching IT companies with university to seriously take into account the research and development, especially personnel development.

On business part, the ATCI will build on the success of  e-Government Forum that was held many times before. The association will encourage traders from IT industry to join the event again. At this point, the ATCI will promote startups so that they have the opportunity to present on a wide range of stage.

“There are two issues that we find most urgent. First, we have to help the public sector to reform and become digitalized and develop human resources. We want to help them by introducing the agency that is suitable for being a role model where we can implement their system with several agencies. This can be done immediately without having to wait for law amendments or setting up a new agency.”

About human resources development, Dr Thanachart pointed out that the ATCI would connect education part with the industry. This would help solve the problem where Thailand is left behind in the AEC arena.

“There are two problems with the Thai IT industry in the AEC market. They include unprepared IT personnel and the IT products lacking of outstanding features. What we think is essential for improving the Thai personnel is to match companies with the university. We are not just looking at a course, but may look into a mutual development in a form of joint research projects, including partnership. And to add more outstanding attraction to the Thai IT products and services we will focus on coordinating with the leading software competitions in Asia to support the Thai company to win in each contest."

Dr Thanachart also stated that the technology trends that ATCI would stimulate by educating the private sector during the next two years from now is Cloud and Big Data. It is because both technologies are not as hot as it should be in Thailand, unlike social media and mobile trend that receives good response by the Thai society.

The current statistics on the use of mobile phones provided by three main network providers of Thailand, ranging from AIS, DTAC and TrueMove, indicate  that the users of mobile phones totaled 94.3 million (as of the second quarter of 2014). The users of the Internet in Thailand, as of the year 2014, totaled 23.8 million, representing 35{60f64eca3a32b5bb2ea8b8157c42bed521fa6a22c1f99cb6807b444ebbebb257} of the total population of 67.4 million people, while the social media accounted for 25{60f64eca3a32b5bb2ea8b8157c42bed521fa6a22c1f99cb6807b444ebbebb257} of the population of Thailand.

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