Sumitomo Corporation Limited and NEC Corporation, along with NTT Communications Corporation, have concluded a contract with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Myanmar to support the development of the country’s communications network improvement plan. The project will capitalise on official development assistance (ODA) from Japan since its adoption of a new economic cooperation policy towards Myanmar in April 2012. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) also concluded a grant agreement with Myanmar on December 28, 2012, which promised 1.71 billion yen in ODA, to fund Myanmar’s communications network improvement plan. This plan includes the strengthening of connections between Myanmar’s three leading cities and the reinforcement of communications networks through the procurement of equipment, as well as the installation and operation of systems supporting internet connections.