A4AI Convenes Myanmar Stakeholders to Debate Universal Access Strategy & Draft Action Plans
Following the launch of its engagement in Myanmar in March 2015, A4AI returned to Yangon on July 27-28 to organise a universal service fund (USF) workshop and host a meeting of the A4AI-Myanmar Coalition. The workshop examined the topic of “establishing a multi-stakeholder-based USF” with key experts Parvez Iftikhar, former CEO of Pakistan’s USF, and Rohan Samarajiva, founding chair of LIRNEasia, sharing best practices and lessons learned from their respective countries and from the region.
Myanmar is in the very nascent stages of establishing its universal access strategy and only beginning to think about the structure and operations of its future universal service fund. To support this process, A4AI’s workshop aimed to raise awareness of the concept of USF as one of the many strategies for achieving universal access and allowed all stakeholders to share their wants and concerns in an open forum.
Building on the USF workshop, the July 28 coalition meeting allowed stakeholders -- including representatives from MCIT and Ministry of Finance, operators Ooredoo and Telenor, telecoms industry associations, and civil society organisations -- to more closely examine the challenges around the priority issues that the coalition has chosen to tackle and begin drafting their work plans.
Working groups were able to meet and brainstorm the activities they will implement around their respective issues:
- Universal Service Fund: its establishment and management
- Data collection, research and analysis
- Infrastructure deployment and sharing
- Taxation and tariffs
Some of the proposed activities include drafting recommendations for a policy framework and the establishment of a USF, creating a consolidated network deployment map, proposing standards and procedures for infrastructure sharing, creating a comprehensive taxation and fiscal map of the ICT sector, and recommending standards and indicators for ICT data collection in the country.
You can view all presentations and documents from the events on our country webpage.