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Information project in southern Thailand nearly complete

The government’s information database project, part of the peace-restoring programmes in the country’s deep South, using GIS is almost complete, its project manager, Prasert Kaewpetch, said recently. The remaining 20 percent still to be collected are mainly details on the Islamic religious schools in Thailand’s three southern border provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.

Most of the existing database has been supplied by the Ministries of Education and Interior, he said. A working panel is scheduled to visit the three provinces on 21 April to collect more information for the project.

The database with information on all education-culture-religions-related activities of local people is expected to help the government deal more effectively with the violence problem in the deep South, Mr. Prasert said.