LIRNEasia is a regional ICT policy and regulation think tank active across the Asia Pacific


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 HERE and at

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.


LIRNEasia has conducted training courses on electricity regulation. The courses focused on understanding of 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.


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