The Ministry of Science and Technology is planning to prepare a bill and draft policies for the national development of the science and technology, a minister said.
The process is currently at the first phase of discussion and sectors to be included in the scope of the bill have yet to be determined, a recent coordination meeting was told.
Union Minister for Science and Technology U Ko Ko Oo told the meeting that science and technology are essential for the nation’s development and thus introducing the science and technological policies on the national level consistent with the current reforms is imperative.
He also said that laws from other countries need to be studied to ensure the inclusiveness of all the sectors and disciplines in the planned Science Technology and Innovation Law.
Efforts that convey practical benefits and constant tracking of the technological innovations and developments are also necessary for the continuous policy development, the minister said. He also invited opinions and suggestions from the attendees.
When completed, the ministry will submit the bill to be deliberated at the relevant parliamentary houses, which will pave the way for the first science and technology law in Myanmar.
The ministry will invite academics and stakeholders to hold discussions for wider input into the preparation of the bill and policies.
Currently the ministry is providing vocational training and teaching skills necessary for many businesses across the country, with expansion of the training soon to come. The ministry is also rumored to be considering the transfer of the control of technological universities and colleges to the Ministry of Education.