Yangon, 6 May 2013 - Under the patronage of the Ministry of Construction, Sphere Conferences and The Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) have jointly launched the Myanmar Urban Development Conference. Held over two days at the Traders Hotel in Yangon from 6 to 7 May 2013, this inaugural event aimed to address the challenges and issues faced by Myanmar as it transforms itself into a modern urban city.
Sphere Conferences is the conference arm of Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore’s leading multimedia group which publishes newspapers such as The Straits Times, its flagship English- language newspaper and one of the region’s oldest and most established newspaper.
His Excellency, U Kyaw Lwin, Union Minister for Construction at the Ministry of Construction and U Myint Swe, Chief Minister of the Yangon Region Government were the event’s Guests-of-Honour.
This year, the Myanmar Urban Development Conference attracted leading authorities and influential leaders from a diverse range of sectors spanning from urban planning, real estate and infrastructure development to architecture, engineering construction, and water solutions.
The 250 delegates from over 12 countries present had the opportunity to hear senior representatives from the Ministry of Construction share its master plan to recreate and revamp two of South-East Asia’s most vibrant cities – Yangon and Mandalay. They also learnt about the National Comprehensive Development Plans and legal and regulatory framework aimed at promoting home ownership as well as international investment in the country.
Other key issues discussed at the conference included –
• Land use and city planning
• Commercial and industrial development
• Infrastructure, public transportation and the environment
• Heritage preservation for branding of the city, and
• Powering the cities
Organisations represented at the Myanmar Urban Development Conference include the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association, Association of Myanmar Architects, UNHabitat, Asian Development Bank, URA Singapore, Asia World Co.,Ltd, Arup Cambodia, Aedas Singapore, DP Architects, Far East Management, Keppel Land, Lafarge, Regency Materials Trading, Shwe Taung Group, Surbana International Consultants, Tilk Architects and more.
His Excellency U Kyaw Lwin, Minister of Construction said “With the National Development Plans encompassing national spatial and regional development, along with sector developments, urban development in Myanmar is on the edge of transformation. To the world, Myanmar is Asia’s last frontier. It is my sincere hope that with this conference, you would have an opportunity to understand the nature of the slated projects and the myriad of investment opportunities available within Myanmar.”
U Win Aung, Chairman of the UMFCCI said: “As Myanmar transforms itself in the new era, urban planning plays an important role to fill the gaps in the infrastructure needs of its citizens and the investors. To implement these measures, government efforts alone will not be enough and we seek private sectors to actively participate by investing in capacity building, technology and human resources. We have seen a huge influx of investors expressing interest in the urban sector, and I believe this conference will be a perfect platform for them to assess investment opportunities in Myanmar and network with other potential business partners at the same time.”
Mr. Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Conferences said: “Government regulations towards investments such as the Special Economic Zone law that offers tax exemption incentives to investors indicate that Myanmar is preparing to welcome rapid modernisation and economic development. With the forecasted GDP growth of 6.3% in 2013 and the updated foreign investment laws to protect the interests of investors, the time is right for companies to invest in Myanmar and we are proud to bridge the gap between the foreign investors and Myanmar’s local partners.”
From Left - Mr Allen Loh, Senior Vice President, Circulation, Singapore Press Holdings; H.E Robert Chua, Ambassador of Singapore, Embassy of the Republic of Singapore; HE U Kyaw Lwin, Union Minister for Construction, Ministry of Construction; H.E U Myint Swe, Chief Minister, Yangon Region Government; H.E U Hla Myint, Mayor, Yangon City Development Committee; and U Zaw Min Win, Vice President, UMFCCI .
Mr Allen Loh, Senior Vice President, Circulation, Singapore Press Holdings (left) presents a token of appreciation to HE U Kyaw Lwin, Union Minister for Construction, Ministry of Construction (right).
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