The Telecommunication Development Bureau (ITU-D) organized the Regional Economic and Financial Forum of Telecommunications/ICTs for Asia and Pacific back to back with the Regional Meeting of the Study Group 3 Regional Group for Asia and Oceania (SG3RG-AO) organized by the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (ITU-T). These events were organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar at the Taw Win Garden Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar, from 1 to 2 (morning) September 2014.
The Opening Ceremony, was presided by Mr Than Htun Aung, Director Posts and Telecommunications Department and Chairman of the Forum, Mr Byoung Nam Lee, SG3RG-AO Chairman, Ms Prado-Wagner, Representative of the ITU. Mr Khin Maung Thet, Director General of Post and Telecommunications Department of The Republic of the Union of Myanmar gave the key note speech stressing the importance of this Forum as a platform for countries to improve their knowledge and share their experiences on topical issues of the ICT sector and best practices. Mr Khin Maung Thet highlighted the fact that as part of the Myanmar Government economic reform process, various economics sectors are being liberalized. Among them, the telecom sector is the first being liberalized, because the ICT sector can be considered as an engine for growth and for economic development of the country.