Thu 21 Mar 2013
Filed under: Business / Trade,News
Myanmar’s enthusiastic techies are hoping that tomorrow’s visit by Google’s executive president will help accelerate plans to develop the Internet here, organisers of the forum Eric Schmidt is to address tomorrow said.
Schmidt is scheduled to deliver a speech and take part in a discussion on Internet development at the Myanmar Information and Communication Technology Park in Yangon tomorrow morning. He will be joined by businesspeople and information technology staff at the two-hour event that begins at 9am.
“The main topic is developing and preparing a plan for the future of the Internet in Myanmar,” said Thaung Su Nyein, who is expected to speak at the event. He said that Schmidt and five local entrepreneurs will participate in a question and answer session with the audience, which is expected to be about 400 people.
Htoo Myint Naung of Technomation Studio is cheering the first visit to Myanmar by a top executive from a global Internet giant. “It will be very interesting because if Google wants to do something here, they will put great effort into it until they succeed,” Htoo Myint Naung said.
Google has already created a sub-domain for Myanmar, www.google.com.mm, and Chaw Khin Khin of Myanmar Computer Company Ltd. said Google was planning to launch services via the sub-domain for Myanmar users soon.
Myanmar Computer Federation president Khun Oo said that although it was still difficult to access Google products here a Google executive had said this would be solved soon.