Thailand's industry ministry is to set up an information technology centre for the country's garment and textile sector, Business Day newspaper has reported.

According to Industry Minister Pinit Charusombat, the centre would be aimed at upgrading Thai garments and textiles to meet international quality standards in preparation for the World Trade Organisation's impending trade liberalisation framework.

"Manufacturers will have to adjust their business strategies in order to be well-prepared and to grow in strength in order to stay competitive in the world market," he said.

In addition to facilitating data and information sharing between government and private sector agencies, the minister said the IT centre would help expand the foreign customer base of Thailand's textile and apparel industries.

The Department of Industrial Works is currently evaluating the investment budget needed to set up the centre.