Myanmar launches Unicode standard to expedite e-government plan

Myanmar launches Unicode standard to expedite e-government plan

The inauguration of Myanmar Unicode migration took place on October 1, 2019. In her opening remarks, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who is also Patron of the e-Government Steering Committee said that the inauguration of Myanmar Unicode was an essential step to support the e-government programme. Myanmar has seen a 12-point increase in e-Government Development Index from level 169 in 2016 to 157 in 2018.

The e-Government was a system that conveyed the messages of departments to the public electronically. It was important to use a common standard communication system and language among the government ministries and its departments, inter-departments, the government and business companies, the government and public, inter-business companies, the business companies and the public and among the public. The use of Unicode standard system is an important stage under the e-Governance Master Plan.

The Unicode system meets international norms and Myanmar language writing system. The National Standard Council has approved the Unicode system with MMS ISO/IEC 10646:2017 on 21 September 2019. The languages of Myanmar ethnic people such as Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, Chin, Mon, Rakhine and Shan could also be used in this system. The system was named as Unicode and the font was called Pyidaungsu.

Source: Global New Light of Myanmar 

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