7 June 18 - To strengthen the ongoing water collaboration between Myanmar and The Netherlands the Chief Minister of Yangon Region, H.E. Phyo Min Thein visited The Netherlands this week with the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Environment and Forest, H.E. U Han Htoon and the Minister of Electricity, Industry, Transportation and Communication of Yangon Region Government, H.W. Daw Nilar Kyaw. The delegation was accompanied by H.E Ambassador Kingdom of the Netherlands in Myanmar, Wouter Jurgens and Dutch Water experts to guide them through the integrated journey (process) of the Netherlands becoming a water-resilient country. The delegation visited the cities of The Hague (Water Governance), Rotterdam (Smart Port) and Amsterdam (Circular Urban Water) to experience the Netherlands Water expertise in action.
The focus was not so much on the solutions – but more on how to integrate water strategically into Yangon masterplans. The dialogue will continue in Yangon around Urban Water (drinking water) and Water Logistics (Ports / Transport) with the Netherlands Water Sector that is already active in Yangon – complemented with additional expertise that the delegation identified. The ambition is to host a follow-up session soon in Yangon with Myanmar Netherlands Water experts and Young Professionals to define the collaboration agenda for the coming years.