Myanmar Myanmar’s economic landscape has experienced much change in the recent past, with a pivot from a centrally directed system to a market-led one. The liberalization of its telecommunications sector was followed by a sharp rise in the number of mobile subscriptions per 100. LIRNEasia has been engaging in work in Myanmar since 2012 with MIDO and has been working to catalyze the country’s movement towards becoming an inclusive, networked economy. In its latest project, LIRNEasia has focused on taking an all-fronts approach. It focuses on addressing, the four elements in the Internet ecosystem in a single project: infrastructure enabling affordable connectivity services, skilled users, low cost and user-friendly devices, and attractive content and applications.
The Learning Organization (and International relations) Monica Kerretts-Makau (PhD) Course on Regulatory Design and Practice Nay Pyi Taw September 2017
In much of what we do, we have to deal with visions/strategies/roadmaps/plans/etc. and of course implementation. This vision I was asked to discuss is not about ICTs per se, but about a whole country. I tried to provide a structure to the discussion. Here are the slides that will be the basis of the talk I will give tomorrow for the Association of Sri Lankan Sociologists at the Sri Lanka Foundation at 1430.
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.
Research first presented at the CPRsouth conference in Yangon in September 2017 was cited by LIRNEasia’s senior policy fellow Abu Saeed Khan in a presentation made to senior government officials, environmental officers, mobile operators and academics of the Kingdom of Bhutan.