IT programme for SMEs to be extended

Tech March 20, 2012 00:00

By Asina Pornwasin
The Nation

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The Department of Industrial Promotion plans to extend its ECIT (Enhancing Competitiveness with Information Technology) programme for another four years until 2016, after a successful first stint from 2009 to 2012.


The department’s director-general, Pasu Loharjun, said that the programme would be continued to help enhance the competitiveness of SMEs and help them prepare for the upcoming Asean Economic Community in 2015. The ECIT programme is aimed at assisting more than 18,000 SMEs. 
“In the next phase, we will expand software solutions to business intelligence and supply-chain management through the cloud computing platform. Therefore, we have to increase the number of local software companies who participate in the programme,” said Pasu.
Currently, 14 local software companies have joined the programme. It will also increase the number of cloud-computing platforms. Private sector companies, who are data centre and cloud computing facility service providers, are welcome to join the project.
He said the beauty of this project is it will help both local SMEs and local software companies. SMEs are enhanced with software tools while software companies get a bigger share of the local market. 
“In the next phase of ECIT, we will expand the project’s scope to provinces throughout the country. The aim is to encourage both SMEs and local software companies in the provinces to join the project,” said Pasu.
This year – the final year of the inaugural four-year ECIT programme – another 150 SMEs would be encouraged to join to add to the 360 SMEs who have already signed up.
ECIT is designed to help SMEs enhance their productivity and competitiveness with IT through cloud-computing technology. Under the programme, many organisations join hands with the department, including TOT, which will provide cloud-computing infrastructure and facilities, and Software Park Thailand, which will tap local software companies to provide software for the project.
The department is in the process of considering and selecting SMEs to join the project.