Growing web presence for Burma’s state and local governments

The e-Gov fever has officially hit Burma’s regional governments.

As of June 20, 2015, 9 of Burma’s 14 regions and states had official government websites:

Region/State Website? Unicode compliant?
Kachin
Kayah x x
Kayin x x
Chin
Sagaing x x
Tanintharyi
Bago
Magway
Mandalay x
Mon x x
Rakhine x x
Yangon x x
Shan x x
Ayeyawady x x

The majority of websites have been developed by Myanmars.net, a longstanding Burma-based web developer. A handful were developed by Information Matrix. More thankfully, most of these websites are Unicode-compliant. When I reported back in 2013, a plurality of Burmese government websites were still using Zawgyi.

Features

For the time being, most of these regional government websites offer rudimentary e-Gov features, if any. They are overwhelmingly available in Burmese only, with information on each region’s/state’s respective:

  • Government officials
  • Government departments
  • Parliament representatives
  • Regional news
  • Contact information

The most sophisticated is Yangon Region’s, which offers electronic forms for government services ranging from measuring lot sizes to online payments for phone bills.

Government Websites

Kayah State's official government website

Website: kayahstate.gov.mm

Kayin State's official government website

Website: www.kayinstate.gov.mm

Sagaing Region's official government website

Website: sagaingregion.gov.mm

Mandalay Region's official government website

Website: www.mdyregion.gov.mm

Website: www.monstate.gov.mm

Shan State's official government website

Website: rakhinestate.gov.mm

Yangon Region's official government website

Website: eyangon.gov.mm

Shan State's official government website

Website: shanstate.gov.mm

Ayeyarwady Region's official government website

Website: www.ayeyarwady.gov.mm

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has had an online presence since the early 2000’s, and is fairly replete with information and various online services.

Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC)'s official website

Website: www.ycdc.gov.mm

Social Media Presence

More interestingly, several regional governments have Facebook pages:

  1. facebook.com/kayahstate.gov.mm – 540 Likes
  2. facebook.com/sagaingregion.gov.mm – 3,878 Likes
  3. facebook.com/rakhinestate.gov.mm – 5,898 Likes
  4. facebook.com/eYangon – 1,035 Likes
  5. facebook.com/pages/Shan-State-Government-Office/393636547423666 – 20K Likes

It remains to be seen whether Facebook outlets will be used to connect with local citizens.

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