A Myanmar company has planned to open the country’s first information technology shopping mall in Yangon in the first week of April to mainly sell IT and communication products, according to one of its share holders Sunday.

The E-trade Myanmar company, in partnership with other two business entrepreneurs from the IT industry, will form the new company and work to open the IT mall in the Hlaing township.

“We see the strong demand for IT products whenever IT exhibitions are held. IT and communication products are no more luxuries and become the necessities,” said U Htun Htun Naing, chief executive officer of the E—trade Myanmar company. Meanwhile, an information and communication technology (ICT) exhibition will be held in the third weekend of next month in Yangon, aimed at empowering people with IT knowledge and enabling them to get in close touch with modern IT equipment.

The three—day event from March 19 to 21, which will be the first ICT exhibition this year, is jointly organized by Myanmar Computer Federation, Myanmar Computer Professionals Association ( MCPA) and Myanmar Computer Industry Association.

With about 156 booths, IT companies will showcase the country’s latest technology, hardware, software, communication products, computer—related electronics devices and electrical goods.

Computer organizations have been holding such ICT exhibition twice a year since 1999 and the latest exhibition of its kind was in October last year, in which 71 companies took part.