UN-APCICT supports Myanmar in improving ICT skills and applications

Asia-Pacific: the Future in Our Hands!

Senior government officials in Myanmar have taken part in customized training from the United Nations on using information communication technologies to improve the delivery of public services, transparency and citizen engagement. The course, run by the United Nations Economic and Social Council for Asia and the Pacific’s Asian and Pacific Training Centre for ICT for Development (UN-APCICT) from 14-24 July, was part of a bigger eight-week Government Executive Officials Management course, initiated by the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Only the fourth of its kind in the country, the training covered topics from the first six modules of UN-APCICT’s Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders, which looks at linkages between ICTs and development, ICTD policy, e-government and information security and privacy. These modules enable policymakers to understand how ICTs can improve public services through, for example, digitizing medical record keeping to improve the delivery of health services, or upgrading information systems to improve land registration.

In addition, over 80 lecturers from 25 universities attended an awareness raising workshop following the launch of the youth version of the training, the Primer Series on ICTD for Youth. The modules in this version cover an “Introduction to ICTD” and “ICT and Project Management,” as well as the forthcoming “Social Media for Development.” Following-up on this success, modules will be translated into local languages and more people will be given the skills to teach the content included in the syllabus.