CPRsouth The task of capacity-building has always been an important component of LIRNEasia’s mission. Accordingly, LIRNEasia has put a considerable amount of collective thought into the design of its capacity-building component, and has proposed the need for a systematic approach to field-building, starting from a more thorough and comprehensive knowledge-mapping and centered around an annual research conference that will provide a focus for scholars engaged in ICT policy and regulation research in the South. This initiative, Communication Policy Research: south (CPRsouth), is loosely modeled on the TPRC and EuroCPR conferences. More information on CPRsouth can be found at www.cprsouth.org. LIRNEasia also offered an executive training course on regulation and reform, first in Singapore and then in Cape Town, as part of its capacity building program. Details of the training course can be found HERE. A number of courses have been offered in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka on broadband, with the support of the Ford Foundation. In addition, on-demand courses are offered, the most recent being one for regulators in Myanmar. Electricity LIRNEasia has conducted training courses on electricity regulation. The courses focused understanding the economies of infrastructure regulation, regulatory functions (e.g. licensing, quality regulation, price regulation, safety regulation) and the design of regulatory agencies. These include the 8th and 12th SAFIR (South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulation) courses as well as the on-demand Introductory Energy Regulatory training course conducted for the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL). The course attendees include high and mid-level staff from regulatory agencies, utilities and ministries.
The Learning Organization (and International relations) Monica Kerretts-Makau (PhD) Course on Regulatory Design and Practice Nay Pyi Taw September 2017
Here’s to a refreshing holiday season and lots of great learning and growing in 2018, from all of us at LIRNEasia! Read more about how we have learnt – and helped others learn – in the years gone by in our latest Annual Report.
Most of the organizations that were given time at the First Session of the Steering Committee meeting used the time to advertise themselves. I chose instead to present our broad range of contributions to AP-IS in the form of a short presentation of work done under the Project on Myanmar as an Inclusive Information Society. I briefly described some findings from the baseline and endline surveys, pointing out that much of what came out from the ITU on Internet users was worthless. We are not expecting to do such surveys again, though there is value in surveys being done periodically. My second point was on the need to develop an understanding of broadband quality of service experience. This is where consumers and politicians feel the effects of the international backhaul problems that AP-IS is seeking to solve. My final point was that it was essential that policy makers and regulators had adequate capacity to understand the underlying problems (and contribute to solving them, or at least not contribute to aggravating them). The slideset.
Regulatory staff: Compensation & career development Rohan Samarajiva Course on Regulatory Design and Practice Nay Pyi Taw September 2017
Understanding the Myanmar telecom environment with emphasis on users Phyu Phyu Thi Course on Regulatory Design and Practice Nay Pyi Taw, September 2017