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Myanmar strives to push ICT development

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Myanmar is planning to introduce 400 public internet service centers in 324 townships in the country within three years to facilitate communication links, according to local media.

The country is striving to improve public Internet services. As the first phase of the project, 100 such centers, known as the Public Access Centers (PAC), will be opened during 2006-07. The first year of the three-year project which began in April. Till now 50 PAC have been set up in such areas as Yangon, Mandalay, Pyinmana, Pyay, Magway, Muse, Myitkyina, Monywa, Pathein and Taunggyi. The internet services include e-Mail and network game. These have been made available by the state-run Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) and the Myanmar Info-Tech. Myanmar has already launched some e-Government systems including e-Visa, e-Passport, and e-Procurement to effect management of government bodies.

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