The main purpose of the project is to enable Dutch private and public sector to position themselves as knowledgeable and reliable partners for future Myanmar developments in the Yangon area in the fields of infrastructure and logistics, urban planning and (air)port development.
Organization and hosting of a full-fledge mission program for a high-level Myanmar delegation headed by the mayor of Yangon and the Chief-Minister of Yangon Province during the last week of June. The delegation will consist of 6 representatives of different stakeholders that are (and will remain) involved in the planning of future Myanmar investment in the fields of integrated water management, (air)port logistics and urban (traffic) planning.
The following officials/directors will be invited:
- H.E. U Myint Swe, Chief Minister Yangon Regional Government
- H.E. U Hia Myint, Mayor Yangon
- U Htun Lwin Oo, DG of the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems of the Ministry of Transport
- Dr. Toe Aung, Director Urban Planning, Yangon City Development Committee
- Dr. Zaw Lwin Tun, director of the Irrigation Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation
- U Myo Nyein Aye, Deputy General Manager Myanmar Port Authority
Both the Mayor and the Chief-Minister have already informally confirmed their attendance. Hopefully the others will confirm asap. In case some of them will not be able to visit The Netherlands, it will be discussed within the core team how to proceed and whether we will have enough critical mass to give a GO.
Both Dr Zaw and U Htun Lwin Oo are member of the high level group which is involved in the Netherlands-Myanmar water partnership. Therefor they are important strategic partners for Dutch Ministry of I&M and taken on board with this mission.
This week (24) it became clear that due to other obligations the Mayor is not able to join the delegation. The Chief Minister proposed to replace the Mayor for the Secretary of YCDC (U Kyaw Soe). This is discussed with and approved by the Embassy (Tanya Huizer and Carola Baller). According to the Embassy the delegation is still interesting and sufficiently heavy. Besides that Dr. Zaw Lwin Tun has been replaced by U Min Swe ((Director Irrigation dept, Yangon Region) attendance is confirmed). This is approved by Sandra Schoof (Ministry of I&E). Also U Win Zaw (Managing Director, DHBD) has been invited to join the delegation (confirmation is pending). The other delegation members have confirmed their attendance. If U Win Zaw confirms his attendance the delegation will exist of 7 instead of 6 persons.
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There is a number of elements that will be part of a 3-4 day visiting program. The visit will be organized around three different themes: integrated water management, urban (traffic) planning, infrastructure & (air)port logistics.
On Monday the delegation will be welcomed by I&M DG Peter Verheij. They will spent the day in the vicinity of The Hague. They will meet with the topsector logistics and will have drinks with representatives from the Dutch private water sector.
Tuesday will be spent in Rotterdam, both in the city and in the port area. Port infrastructure and interesting traffic control solutions will be presented. The innovative ‘Port of the future’ concept may also become part of the program. Havenbedrijf Rotterdam is willing to host the delegation and offer a field visit to show opportunities for developing a new harbour, which is actually being discussed in Yangon.
The mayor of Rotterdam will receive them in the afternoon. Climate resilience will be one of the topics to cover, also in the context of conservation of cultural heritage.
Wednesday we expect the delegation to move outside the Randstad. The Dutch company HR Group is involved in several public tenders in Myanmar regarding traffic solutions and (air)port development. Also one of the regional traffic control centers will be visited. It may be combined with a leisure activity in e.g. Giethoorn, which is water management avant la letter.
Thursday is to be discussed however Amsterdam will probably be visited. Schiphol airport and Netherlands Aerospace Group will in that case be included in the program as well.
We expect at least part of the program during the week to run parallel to make sure all Myanmar and Dutch interests are served in the best possible way.
In general there is a lots of interests from Dutch companies that are more than willing to receive (part of) the delegation.
E.g. Van Oord is already exploring the Myanmar market and is very interested to host (part of) the delegation. Other Dutch stakeholders that may be involved are Deltares, TU Delft, Imares (WUR), Royal Haskoning DHV/Boskalis and APM. Once the delegation has confirmed, all interested stakeholders will be contacted to discuss their role and contribution.