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MIDO and LIRNEasia to launch Information Lives of the Poor in Myanmar

Myanmar is in the midst of a dramatic transformation under the Thein Sein administration. ICTs are front and center, with both Ooredoo and Telenor set to launch services within weeks.

In an op ed published in Myanmar in May 2012, almost a lifetime ago given the scale of the changes, I said: “Starting late means that most of the mistakes have been made, by others. In the world of policy design, we spend the most effort working around previous mistakes.”

To avoid mistakes and capitalize on the first-comer advantage, it is important that the lessons of those who walked the path of telecom reform earlier be available within Myanmar in a form that is accessible to all. This was the rationale for the book translation program undertaken by our Myanmar partner MIDO. The launch of the first Myanmar language book resulting from this initiative will occur on July 24th in Nay Pyi Taw and July 25th in Yangon.

The book in English can be downloaded here.

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