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SIPA charts progress in March towards software goals

Industry Ministry invites applicants for 2006 awards

Government says Internet access in Thailand may jump 50 percent this year

SIPA charts progress in March towards software goals

Saksit Meesubkwang

SIPA Chiang Mai held a briefing on December 23 at which president Chaithawat Saowapon and acting manager Dr Phanuthad Techasane announced the results of the organizationís programs for 2005.

SIPAís mission is to train people and build projects and markets in relation to the software industry.

During the year, SIPA conducted training for Java programming with 144 trainees receiving certification. A further 310 trainees passed the Microsoft.NET training and are awaiting testing for Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD).

SIPA joined with Chiang Mai University, Maejo University and Rajamangala University of Technology, Payap division, to create the Software Engineering Academy project to disseminate knowledge and undertake research on software technology and engineering.

In addition, SIPA set up the Chiang Mai web service and portal at http://chiangmai
.sipa.or.th as a tool for government to serve residents, covering 11 services.

Supporting SME members with ICT is another function of SIPA, and amongst the projects was a web services program for the tourism sector in which four organizations, namely La Gondola Italian restaurant, North Wheel car hire, Nam Ping Resort and Royal Ping and Garden Hotel, participated in the pilot scheme.

As part of the plan to turn Chiang Mai into an animation and multimedia hub, SIPA has established the Northern Animation Studio with the aim of raising standards so that the fledgling industry is able to compete and export.

During the year, 160 persons graduated in the Animation (3Ds Max) curriculum, three finished Game (3D Engine), Game J2me had 31 persons, Game Programming had 30 and Game Graphic had 20. Professional 3D Animation had 23 trainees, Modeling had 20, Motion Capture had 20 and Professional Game Programming had 23.

SIPA works in conjunction with the Board of Investment in supporting the software business both at home and overseas.


Industry Ministry invites applicants for 2006 awards

Chiangmai Mail Reporter

Weeranan Niladanuwong, director of the Chiang Mai branch of the Industrial Promotion Center Region 1, has announced that the Department of Industrial Promotion will begin collecting information now to begin assessing the Prominent Industry Awards for 2006.

The awards, which are held every year, are designed to recognize and promote entrepreneurship and management, and the innovative qualities that contribute most towards national industrial development.

In 2005 there were five classes of Prominent Industries, namely Product Increasing, Environment Quality Protecting, Security Managing, Quality Administrating, and SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) Managing. For this year the Ministry of Industry has added one more category, Power Managing, to bring the number up to six.

Organizations or entrepreneurs who wish to apply for selection this year can contact Booranasak Madmai or Sunisa Hempan on tel 0 2202 4599, fax 0 2354 3270 or visit hhtp://www.dip.go.th.


Government says Internet access in Thailand may jump 50 percent this year

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) -Thailandís government hopes that 50 percent more people will have access to the Internet in 2006 because of plans to increase bandwidth and deliver more computers to schools, a report said Sunday.

The Information and Communications Technology Ministry predicted that the number of people with Internet access will increase from 12 million to 18 million, the official Thailand News Agency said. The country has a population of 65 million.

The agency quoted Minister Sora-at Klinpratoom as saying on Friday that the bandwidth and speed of Internet access would be increased, and that more telephone access lines would be installed in remote areas of the country.

The ministry also plans to deliver 250,000 desktop computers to public schools in 2006 and begin providing low-cost laptops in late 2006.