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Myanmar's yet another “Sillycon Valley”

Pink Gold's Myanmar ICT park Billboard
Pink Gold - nick name of Myanmar Bloggeress has sharp eyes like no other. She singled out one of the billboards at Myaynigone Junction and found that there will be Six Myanmar ICT Week(s) advertised by Yatanarpon Teleport.
 
U Aung Zaw Myint, the president of Myanmar Computer Industry Association, said the opening of the teleport building on 14th December will be followed by the Six ICT Week exhibition organised by the Ministry of Communication, Post and Telegraphs.
He said the event will include 50 out of 120 exhibition booths where locals and  foreign ICT companies, cyber cafés and bookshops will showcase products such as software, hardware and electronics, while the Myanmar Computer Professional Association will organise network gaming, programming, web design competitions.

“Eighteen foreign companies including communication technology giants like ZTE Corporation have already reserved booths, and some government ministries will showcase their e-government projects,” said U Aung Zaw Myint in first week of December but latest records shows that only 5  ( ZTE, Alcatel Shanghaibell, CBoss, IPTel and UDPL) will be there according to U Sein Win from Myanmar Info Tech.

He said it was the first time the annual ICT Week will be held outside Yangon.

“Despite the new location we expect big crowds because the timing coincides with other festivals in Pyin Oo Lwin,” U Aung Zaw Myint said.

 

The New Light of Myanmar reported that top junta officials, including the Minister of Communications, Posts and Telegraphs, Brig-Gen Thein Zaw, will be attending the ceremony to mark the opening of Yadanarbon Myothit, a satellite town just outside Maymyo, 40km east of Mandalay.

An IT manager at the Mandalay office of the Myanmar ICT Development Corporation - the organization that established  MICT Park in Yangon - said the government pushed to complete building work in six months.

The manager said the development will also seek to attract “the investment of foreign companies, we hope.”

In May 2007, The New Light of Myanmar called the new “Cyber City” an “international level Silicon Valley plan.” But it is not clear how the government expects to attract foreign firms to the site given that Maymyo is a sleepy hill station with no civilian airport. The nearest commercial airstrip is 70km away in Mandalay and takes two hours to reach by car.

Myanmar opened a similar project - the MICT Park - in Yangon in January 2002 aiming to bring in expertise from overseas. However, Grape City of Japan is currently the only 100-percent foreign-owned company operating there. At a cost of about US $26,000 for a minimum three-year lease, it advertised to offer companies a 24-hour supply of electricity-a rarity in Myanmar-and a relatively reliable internet connection. Things changed when the former prime minister General Khin Nyunt was ousted. The Bagan Cybertech and Teleport is now under the control of Signal Corps and services were degraded to that of the Myanmar Post and Telecommunications. No new service was available from Bagan Cybertech and Myanmar Posts and telecommunications started selling iPstar of Shin Satellite from Thailand under the brand name "MPT satellite terminal".

The Fifth International ICT EXHIBITION 17 th - 19 th October 2003
(Tatmadaw Convention Centre) Yangon,Myanmar.


Message from the Organizers

The International ICT Exhibition is a major ICT promotion event in Myanmar.The Exhibition is jointly organized by Myanmar Computer Scientist Association (MCSA) and Myanmar Computer Industry Association (MCIA) with the support of Myanmar Computer Federation(MCF).
The International ICT Exhibition has been conducted once a year in October since 1999 with resounding success.For the Exhibitors,the event provides the opportunities for introducing their products, services, innovations and ideas and doing business matching. For the Visitors,it provides the opportunities for witnessing the developments, status and trend of ICT in Myanmar.
The Fifth International ICT Exhibition '2003 is going to be conducted from 17th to 19 th October at Tatmadaw Convention Center,U Wizaya Road ,Yangon.
The International ICT Exhibition '2003 is envisioned with the following objectives: to generate awareness in Information and Communication Technology advancements for the people of Myanmar: to promote technological transfer for the Myanmar ICT Industry; to open the door of opportunity for the primary growth of ICT application and the development of the ICT Industry.
The Exhibition will cover Computer Hardware, Software and Solution; Internet,Intranet and E-commerce;Telecom and Networking;office Automation;Digital Consumer Products; and ICT Education etc from both local and foreign exhibitors.
In addition to the international participants from the ICT Companies,Communication and its related businesses,Computer Education,ICT Services Providers from the Myanmar ICT Industry would also be participation in this Exhibition.Oversea Computer Association and Organization are also invited to participate in this Fifth International ICT
Exhibition '2003.
As Organizers,we assure you that The Fifth International ICT Exhibition '2003 would definitely give you the opportunities such as;launching of new product,technologies and services; enter into strategic alliances; benefit from international exposure; get critical insights into the consumers' mind and a good opportunity for corporate image building.
Register now and be a part of our The Fifth International ICT Exhibition'2003 and broaden your horizons with us.

The Fifth International ICT EXHIBITION 17 th - 19 th October 2003
(Tatmadaw Convention Centre) Yangon,Myanmar.


Objectives:

To generate awareness in advancements in information and communication Technology.
To promote technology transfer.
To open the door of ICT business opportunities in the local as well as the regional and gobal markets.
scope:
Hardware software & Solutions
Internet,Intranet & e-commerce
Telecom & Networking
Digital Consumer Products
Opportunities:
Launch new products,technologies and services
Enter into strategic alliances
Gain Myanmar ICT Industry exposure
Benefit from International exposure
Critical insights into the consumer's mind
Corporate image Building
Over the past two decades,no industy has had a more dramatic growth than the information and communication Technology industry,interms of the number of people directly and indirectly employed,annual sales and its penetration into every aspect of manufacturing retailing,banking insurance,communication,transportation and education.Thus it is noted that the influence of information and communication Technology is remarkable and in fact it has changed the way we conduct business. The dynamism of ICT has set a new paradigm for competitiveness,economic and social growth.Myanmar being an emerging country in striving for all round development, is seriously inveting efforts in ICT Development as one of the vital part of the Nation's Development Plan.

Background of Myanmar
Myanmar with an area of 676,577 square kilometers has the largest land mass in South East Asia and shares a border of 5858 kilometers with Bangladesh and india on the North-West, China on the North-East, Laos on the East and Thailand on the South-East.Fifty two million people live in peace and harmony and spreads over seven states and seven divisions.

The Fifth International ICT EXHIBITION 17 th - 19 th October 2003
(Tatmadaw Convention Centre) Yangon,Myanmar.


Myanmar IT Industry

With the national effort for the development of the Information Technology in Myanmar, Myanmar Computer Science development Act was promulgated on September 30,1996 and Myanmar Computer Science Development Council was duty established.
The Myanmar Computer Federation and Associations are formed in 1998 with the guidance of the Computer Science Development Council.

Myanmar Computer Scientist Association (MCSA)
The Myanmar Computer Scientist Association was established on 17 th May 1998.The Association has more than 2000 members who are ICT professionals.
Myanmar Computer Industry Association (MCIA)
The Myanmar Computer Industry Association was established on 17 th May 1998.The Association has about 150 ICT enterprises as members.
Myanmar Computer Enthusiast Association (MCEA)
The Myanmar Computer Enthusiast Association was established on 17 th May 1998 with members who are interested in Information Technology as members.
Myanmar Computer Federation (MCF)
Myanmar Computer Federation was formed in October 1998 with representatives from associations and government agencies which are ICT related.
Organiser' info:
MCSA, MCIA Office, Myanmar ICT Park, Universities' Hlaing Campus, Hlaing Township, Yango, Myanmar.
Tel : (951) 652276, 652238, 707503
Fax : (951) 651005
e-mail : mcf@mptmail.net.mm


 

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