Thai-China digital partnership to focus on Big Data

business September 22, 2017 14:58

By The Nation

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ThaiWPS is pushing a historic collaboration between the government and Thai-Chinese businesses that it said would help drive Thailand’s transformation into a digital nation.

That approach is in line with the government’s Thailand 4.0 vision of establishing the country as Asean’s digital leader within five years, said the office software company in a press release.

The collaboration was officially announced at the Digital Thailand Big Bang 2017, which will run until September 24 at the IMPACT Muang Thong Thani.

Pongprom Yamarat, founder and chief marketing officer at RMI Global Venture, which is the provider of ThaiWPS Office software, said the two companies have affiliated with the Kingsoft Corporation, a leading global software and Internet-service provider from China. The companies share the goal of developing Thailand into “the digital nation”, he said.

“In pursuit of this goal, ThaiWPS seeks to ensure Thais have both skills and convenient access to computer devices and digital technologies,” Pongrpom said.

The firm also has a plan to offer cloud services in Thailand so as to store, process, and analyse social and economic Big Data in the upcoming Internet of Things (IoT) era.

Mobile phones, cars, and electric appliances would work better with the IoT technologies, said Pongprom.

Because educational promotion and IT-personnel development rank among the crucial aspects of the Thailand 4.0 policy, ThaiWPS will give 14 million software licenses, worth nearly Bt20 billion, to vocational schools and the Rajabhat university system across Thailand, he said.

“This is going to be the biggest software-license give-away ever,” Pongprom said.

Pongprom will join with Ge Ke, chief executive officer at WPS, to hand over the licenses to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha during an upcoming ceremony.