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(From Bangkok Post)
The Software Industry Promotion Agency (SIPA) opened its first branch in Chiang Mai last week with a mission to promote and strengthen the software industry in the North.
However, some local software houses have expressed concern that if newcomers from Bangkok arrive as a result, they may face stiff competition.
ICT Minister Dr Surapong Suebwonglee said the government will provide a 420 million baht budget for the new branch's operation, to develop a skilled workforce and to promote the use of ICT among local businesses.
"Chiang Mai was selected because it is the government's policy to promote Chiang Mai as an IT City," …