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Myanmar Parliamentarians keen to learn about ICTs

18 MPs from six parties

Eighteen members of Parliament from six different political parties, including the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party and the opposition National League for Democracy, assembled before start time this past weekend for an ICT awareness program organized by the Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO) where LIRNEasia supplied the content. They then stayed engaged throughout, asked many questions and asked for more.

This was a unique experience that, in our view, bodes well for the country. The harmonious interactions among politicians from different parties were impressive. But even more was the genuine interest in learning about the changes that were coming to their country. We at LIRNEasia plan to be fully responsive to any requests that come from our hard-working colleagues at MIDO as they strive to enhance the quality of public discourse in their country.

More photographs can be found here.

The slides presented are below

Day 1

What is the significance of ICTs to legislators?_- Rohan Samarajiva

Stories from the field: What do poor micro-entrepreneurs in Myanmar  do with ICTs? - Helani Galpaya

Legislation, policies, plans, strategies, regulation – Rohan Samarajiva

Modalities of making and implementing ICT policy – Rohan Samarajiva and Helani Galpaya

What is independent regulation? Why is it needed for sector growth – Rohan Samarajiva

Day 2

Regulation of Online Speech – Nay Phone Latt

Hope in the heart and money in the pocket – Rohan Samarajiva

How to think about Internet Policy – Sunil Abraham; counter point by Charitha Herath

 

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