Vikram Sinha, CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar and Peter Batchelor, Country Director of the United Nations Development P r o g r a m m e ( U N D P ) , s i g n e d a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on November 9, 2018 to enter into a twoyear partnership undertaking catalytic joint activities to unlock the potential of digital technologies for the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a focus on women and youth.
Mobile based applications, tools and solutions have disrupted conventional business models and are driving innovative, cost effective solutions across the entire spectrum of SDGs. Countries are increasingly adopting new innovative ways of connecting producers to consumers directly through e-commerce, using mobile money and digital banking, raising agricultural productivity, creating educational solutions and enabling a whole new generation of entrepreneurs across the economy who can deliver value.
On the occasion of the MoU singing event, Ooredoo and UNDP organized a panel discussion on “Promoting innovative approaches to engaging women and youth in accelerating the achievement of SDGs”.
Vikram Sinha, CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar said, “Technology evolution and innovation are widely acknowledged as key drivers if SDGs. In order to harness the full potential of technological innovation for SDGs in Myanmar, we partner with a reputable organization like UNDP to provide our full support for SDG’s in the area of disaster resilience, poverty alleviation, women and youth empowerment and agricultural sector based on our Corporate Social Responsibility core values of education, health and technology enhancement”, at the signing ceremony.
Knut Ostby, the Resident Representative of UNDP said, “This partnership will help us engage the enormous potential of young people and technology in moving Myanmar towards the SDG vision of ending poverty, leaving no one behind and ensuring human rights for all. We appreciate Ooredoo’s commitment to help lead this initiative with us”.