Field Trip to Yangon (Aug 3 – 7, 2016)
Formal Presentation to Yangon City Development Committee
On Aug 4th, we formally introduced GPY to Yangon’s municipal authority at City Hall. The government was represented by Maung Maung Soe (the Mayor), his deputies and a number of committee members and department heads. The Mayor welcomed GPY’s programme enthusiastically and highlighted “waste and wages”, waste management and job creation, as the two pillars of his administration.
Over the following days, we took the opportunity to figure out the nitty gritty of GPY’s operations with our key champion within YCDC, the highly regarded Toe Aung, Head of the Urban Planning Division.
Involving the Union Government
Yangon’s development is not the exclusive responsibility of YCDC and we made sure to meet key stakeholders from the Union Government, including Aung Naing Oo (Director-General of Investment, Ministry of Finance) and Aye Aye Myint (Deputy Director-General of Urban Development, Ministry of Construction) for a series of insightful discussions.
Consulting the Business Community
To better understand how to boost Yangon’s role as an economic centre and create an enabling environment for investment, we also hosted dinners and meetings with members of Yangon’s business community, including Dr Sein Maung (Chairman, First Private Bank), Thet Thet Khine (Secretary General of Myanmar’s Chamber of Commerce and a newly elected MP) and Professor Aung Tun Thet (Special Advisor to the Government).
Formal Presentation to the Regional Government
Finally, we presented GPY to Naw Pan Thinzar Myo, a Minister in Yangon’s Regional Government. The Minister set out an ambitious agenda for her government and highlighted the critical role she sees for Hong Kong in Yangon’s development. She also aims to involve highly educated young professionals from Myanmar closely in the policymaking process and in GPY’s programme.
Our trip concluded with a site visit in the riverside settlement of Hlaing Tharyar – a deeply deprived area that has grown to be one of Asia’s largest slums.