Myanmar and UN Boost ICT Human Resources Capacity

Date
Mar 29th 2010 - Mar 31st 2010
Organizer
UN-APCICT
Location
Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar

The United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development, a regional institute of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-APCICT/ESCAP), has collaborated with the Myanmar government to launch the Training for ICT Capacity Building in Myanmar according to APCICT’s flagship programme of “Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders” (Academy) at the Central Institute of Civil Service (Upper Myanmar) in Pyin Oo Lwin.

29 March 2010 – The United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development, a regional institute of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-APCICT/ESCAP), has collaborated with the Myanmar government to launch the Training for ICT Capacity Building in Myanmar according to APCICT’s flagship programme of “Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders” (Academy) at the Central Institute of Civil Service (Upper Myanmar) in Pyin Oo Lwin.

Myanmar has been working to increase nationwide access to ICTs. The establishment of the Yatanarpon cyber city near Mandalay and a government fibre network system linking ministries and government agencies are indicators of Myanmar’s dedication to ICT development.

Apart from a commitment to ICT infrastructure development, Myanmar has also identified building human capacity in ICT as a key priority.  Myanmar will leverage the Academy Programme to equip policymakers and project managers with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively use ICTs for development in the country.

The First National Workshop of the Academy, jointly organized by APCICT and the Civil Service Selection and Training Board of Myanmar (CSSTB), began today at the Central Institute of Civil Service (Upper Myanmar) in Pyin Oo Lwin. The launch was presided over by H.E. U Kyaw Thu, Chairman of CSSTB, and Dr. Hyeun-Suk Rhee, Director of APCICT, and attended by 50 senior officials from 18 Ministries. The six-day workshop is designed to enhance awareness and strengthen knowledge on the effective use of ICTs for sustainable socio-economic development among senior government functionaries, representatives from academia, and trainers who are committed to building national ICT capacity through the Academy Programme.

“It is APCICT’s pleasure to collaborate with CSSTB in Myanmar for the purpose of strengthening ICT human resource capacities that can promote a wider understanding of ICT-enabled development programmes for meeting people’s needs and contributing to Myanmar’s socio-economic advancement,” said Director Hyeun-Suk Rhee.

The Academy, a flagship programme of APCICT, provides a comprehensive curriculum on the fundamentals of leveraging ICTs to achieve development goals. During the workshop, participants will be trained on the first three modules of the Academy: 1) The Linkage between ICT Applications and Meaningful Development; 2) ICT for Development Policy, Process and Governance; and 3) e-Government Applications.

Academy programmes have been delivered throughout Asia and the Pacific in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Indonesia, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, the Philippines, Samoa, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Tuvalu.

For more information about the Academy, please visit http://www.unapcict.org/academy.