Dr Sai Mauk Kham says ICT can help Myanmar catch up with developed countries

Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham delivers speech at opening of Myanmar Software Showcase 2015.
Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham delivers speech at opening of Myanmar Software Showcase 2015.

The effective use of information and communication technology will enable Myanmar to keep pace with developed countries, Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham said at the opening of the Myanmar Software Showcase 2015 here on Thursday, according to officials.
Staged jointly by the Myanmar Computer
Science Development Council and the Myanmar Computer Federation, the event is aimed at boosting the IT industry in the country. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said the development of telecommunication and ICT drives economic growth and GDP growth, with most developed countries prioritizing ICT at a national level.
A World Bank study on over 120 countries found that every 10 percent increase in mobile penetration brings about 0.8 percent economic growth in developing countries and 0.6 percent in developed countries.
Socioeconomic development is impossible without the full employment of information and communication technology, the vice president commented.
ICT has become an essential tool for clean government, good governance and transparency, and its wide use will provide more job opportunities for young people.
In Myanmar, ICT has been employed in banking, insurance, tourism, supermarkets and hospitals.
Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham pointed out the need to develop mobile applications in the Myanmar language, pledging government assistance to that end.
President U Thein Sein has given guidance on the establishment of a cyber city in the vicinity of Yangon City. Myanmar has so far established Yadanabon Cyber City in Upper Myanmar. Dr Sai Mauk Kham urged IT technicians and industrialists to contribute to the soon-to-be-established cyber city dubbed the “Silicon Valley of Myanmar,” emphasizing a master plan to produce more human resources in IT fields.
The Myanmar Software Showcase 2015 drew 400 students from technical colleges and technological universities.

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