Myanmar left behind by neighboring countries as people are facing trouble with Unicode system

Myanmar left behind by neighboring countries as people are facing trouble with Unicode system

Myanmar is way behind its neighbors in applying an e-government system because of buffers in accepting the Unicode system, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday.

“The reason for such a delay is that the online application system is not strong enough and people lack skillset and information. This has slowed the transition to Unicode by the entire nation,” she said at a ceremony to begin Myanmar’s migration to Unicode in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday.

The change to Unicode, an international encoding standard for utilization with different languages and scripts, is a very vital part of the E-Government Master scheme. Myanmar stood 157th in the e-government development index in 2018, a 12-point gain from 169th in 2016.

“We have risen in rank from 2016 to 2018 because we have adopted fiber cables, raised the number of mobile stations by 15,000, and have higher than 50 million mobile phone users. As the telecommunications department has undergone development, we have risen in rank,” she said.

U Than Zin Maung, Minister of Transport and Communications, insisted those who have not begun using Unicode to make the transition now.

“Our e-government system will develop only if people help us by using the Unicode font. Due to this language hurdle, our country is behind the rest of the world. I won’t say too much about other things, but I really want to insist people assist us with this case. Let’s move ahead and catch up with the rest of the countries by using the Unicode font,” he said.