MCIT publishes draft law for creation of new regulator

17 May 2017

Myanmar’s Ministry Transport and Communications (MCIT) has published an unofficial English-language version of its draft Myanmar Communications Regulatory Commission Law, requesting comments from experts and industry stakeholders. The law sets out to create a new independent, autonomous and impartial regulatory body, the Myanmar Communications Regulatory Commission (MCRC), and establish its powers, functions and duties. Under the draft law, MCRC’s remit would include, amongst other things: issuing telecoms licences; administering spectrum; advising the government on matters relating to telecoms; promoting fair competition in the sector and protecting against anti-competitive practices; ensuring telecoms services are accessible by the public; and monitoring and enforcing compliance with regulations and relevant laws by licensees.

Alongside setting out the new watchdog’s powers and organisational structure – including specific measures to ensure that it remains transparent and independent – the draft law covers the transition of power from the MCIT’s Post and Telecommunications Department (PTD) to the new MCRC.

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