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The Myanmar-Netherlands Water Challenge is an exciting program in which university students and young professionals are invited to investigate key water problems in their own country and cooperate with professionals experts to develop their own ideas and solutions. The program specifically appeals to the interests, skills and capabilities of young people and challenges them to apply their own original and independent thinking.
The Myanmar Water Hub is the gateway to the Myanmar water sector. Operating from Yangon – and its representative offices in the Netherlands, Singapore and Brisbane – the Myanmar Water Hub provides high-impact services that support its members to be successful in developing partnerships and business opportunities in Myanmar.
Some of the services we offer include partner identification, market intelligence, business development, meetings & events, trade missions, project support, local representation, exhibitions, government relations, media and advertising.
For more information about our services, please do not hesitate to contact us:
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Tel/WA: Frodo van Oostveen, +95 (0)9423793908
The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) is Norway’s leading institute for basic and applied research on marine and freshwaters. The institute’s research comprises a wide array of environmental, climatic and resource-related fields. NIVA’s world-class expertise is multidisciplinary with a broad scientific scope. We combine research, monitoring, evaluation, problem-solving and advisory services at international, national and local levels.
The long term development goal of the project “IWRM - Institutional Building and Training” which is collaboration between NIVA and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) is to contribute significantly to the implementation of well-functioning Integrated Water Resources Management at the national level in Myanmar. The Irrigation, Water Utilization and Management Department (IWUMD) under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR) under the Ministry of Transport are members of the steering group of the project together with MONREC.
The Stockholm Environment Institute is an international non-profit research organization that has worked with environment and development issues from local to global policy levels for a quarter of a century. SEI works to shift policy and practice towards sustainability.
- International – SEI is distributed across nine locations around the world, works locally, regionally and globally, and has a diverse international staff.
- Trusted – both policy-makers and the academic community recognize SEI as an independent and non-partisan institute.
- Credible – SEI’s research is objective, and supported by a rigorous system of internal and external peer review.
- Integrated – only joined-up research can solve joined-up problems. SEI places a strong emphasis on making connections across the natural, physical, and social sciences, allowing us to approach sustainability challenges from new angles and offer robust and insightful policy advice.
WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organization. WWF has many offices around the world and WWF Myanmar is one of the extensions of WWF-Greater Mekong. The hope of WWF Myanmar is that decision makers across the country will use the assessments to promote a green economy approach—one in in which the sustainable use of natural capital is integrated into the country’s new plans and policies for the economy, energy, agriculture, land use, foreign investment and more. A project led by the Myanmar government with support from WWF is already underway to compare how natural capital values change under different development scenarios.
The goal is to transform the University of Yangon as the one of the excellent academic institution, where people can learn world class education. The goal will bring beneficial for the future generation and national interest of the state. It is a long and delicate process. During the process, financial, technical and human resources will be essential to realize the goal.
The resources can be realized through voluntary contribution, international cooperation and donation. The most important source is its greatest asset- alumni .It is believed that old graduates of the University of Yangon are willing to see the golden image of their university again and want to be proud of its bright future. It is true that they are the most powerful resource of necessary contribution for renovating and upgrading University of Yangon.
Myanmar Engineering Council is to hold dominant the safety, health and welfare of the public. It is located in Lawmadaw, Yangon and their vision is driven by qualified Myanmar engineers, graduate technicians and technicians. There are keys person in Myanmar Engineering Council: Dr. Charlie Than who received his Doctorate in the field of Marine Technology with distinguished Public services including twenty-six years’ experience in the field of inland water transport, shipbuilding, shallow draft Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering, Dr. Cho Win Maw who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Rangoon Institute of Technology in March 1977. He joined the Ministry of Industry in 1978 as an assistant engineer at the chemical plant, the Sittaung paper mill and U Khin Maung Sai who is an alumnus of university of Missouri at Rolla, USA and hold MSCE post graduate Civil Engineering Master Degree since year 1989.
The Netherlands has demonstrated its capacity to apply its knowledge in the learning–by–doing projects and to develop an Integrated Strategy for the Ayeyarwady Delta. We are also helping to build capacity for the further development of Myanmar. We facilitate student scholarships and apprenticeships for young workers in the field of water management in Myanmar.
Myanmar recognizes Dutch expertise related to water, and the government has specifically requested the Netherlands to assist. The challenges in Myanmar and the Netherlands, both low lying delta’s, are very similar and so is the need for integrated water management in both countries. Many challenges means many opportunities for the Dutch water sector, not only in water management, but also in water sanitation, waste water treatment, drinking water, dredging, port developments, water transport, urban development, water & food, water & energy and water & industries.
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Royal HaskoningDHV is an independent, international engineering and project management consultancy with over 130 years of experience. We use both technology and the power of natural forces and resources to create sustainable solutions that safeguard the quality and security of our water, to mitigate against flood risks and address water scarcity. Royal HaskoningDHV opened its office in Yangon in 2013.
YTU is the country's oldest and largest engineering university, and the best engineering university in Myanmar. It is located in Gyogone, Yangon, is the premier engineering university of Myanmar and established as Department of Engineering under Rangoon University in 1924. By its former name Rangoon Institute of Technology (RIT), the university offers bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs in engineering disciplines to nearly 8000 students. Most YTU students are enrolled full-time in engineering programs although over 2000 students are also enrolled in part-time programs. YTU is also a member of ASEAN University Network, Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net), and Greater Mekong Sub-Region Academic and Research Network (GMSARN).
Irrigation Technology Center is committed to continuous human resources development of the irrigation department. It is located in Bego Division and is supported by JICA. Construction of ITC financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was commenced on February 2, 1987 and the Complex was then handed over to ID on March 31 , 1988. According To South to South Cooperation Program, "Training On Participatory Irrigation Management" was held at Irrigation Technology Centre (Bago) from January 14 to 19 ,2013. The Japanese Institute of Irrigation and Drainage(JIID) of Japan and the Irrigation Department of Myanmar jointly contributed the financial support.
The Ayeyarwady Delta is a very complex and vulnerable system, facing impacts of climate change and future socio-economic developments. Myanmar and the Netherlands are working step by step together in the development of an Integrated Ayeyarwady Delta Strategy (IADS).
Due to the need for more smart data measurements and analyses to be able to adequately choose the most sustainable solutions for water and resource management, Ministry of Transport and Communication (MOTC), Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) are working together with TU Delft and the partners of VPdelta to jointly develop smart ways to collect these data. The project called “Leapfrogging Delta Management in Myanmar” was initiated by TU Delft, FutureWater and HKV Consultants, and funded under the Partners for Water program by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).
In response to the request of the NWRC in Myanmar and the interest of Dutch innovative enterprises, the project’s main aim is to extend the current work in the Bago-Sittaung to the whole Ayeyarwady Delta in accordance with the agreement between the Myanmar and Dutch governments. The aim is to test and demonstrate innovative smart information solutions in the Delta and disseminate the results widely. Coalitions are created around specific information products (e.g. rainfall, erosion, subsidence). In each coalition, partners work on innovative monitoring: to combine remote sensing, ground data collection with modelling techniques.
The results of the project will be presented in an online platform to disseminate the products and services to a local and international audience. Throughout the entire project Dutch and Myanmar experts and young professionals will work together (learning-by-doing) and dissemination and training will be organized.
The collaborators of the project are: Myanmar National Water Resources Committee (NWRC), MOTC, DWIR, MOALI, MONREC, Irrigation Technology Center (Bago), Yangon Technological University, Myanmar Maritime University, VPdelta, TU Delft, Disdrometrics, FutureWater, Akvo, SHORE Monitoring & Research, Mobile Water Management, HKV Lijn in Water, SkyGeo, Wavedroid, VanderSat.
The National Water Resources Committee (NWRC) and Advisory Group (AG) are working on the long-term plan of producing the competent young water professional through Hydro-Informatics Centre (HIC) supported by the AG. The Young Water Professional (YWP) program is a eleven month long program, in which young graduates of Myanmar who have ambition to become water professionals and government staff from various water related Ministries receive well defined technical and on job training through the Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) Project. They receive mentoring, coaching and training in various technical, social, economic, political and decision making aspects of water projects. YWP trainees are recruited across Myanmar and their trainings include lectures, seminars and field trips locally and abroad. Trainers include internationally well-known water professionals from all over the world and from Myanmar.
The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) is the Australian Government agency responsible for managing Australia's overseas aid program. AusAID is an Executive Agency within the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio and reports to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The fundamental purpose of Australian aid is to contribute to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. This also serves Australia’s national interests by promoting stability and prosperity both in their region and beyond. AusAid focuses its efforts in areas where Australia can make a difference and where their resources can most effectively and efficiently be deployed.
Mandalay Technological University (MTU), formerly, the Mandalay Institute of Technology (MIT)), in Patheingyi, Mandalay, is a senior engineering university in Myanmar. It maintains an annual student intake of around 300.
On 18 January 2017 (Wednesday), the handover ceremony for laboratory equipments was held at Mandalay Technological University (MTU) in Mandalay. The provision of the equipment was a part of "the Project for Enhancing Technological Universities in Myanmar", whose Exchange of Notes (E/N) was signed in July 2014 and the Grant Agreement (G/A) was signed in August 2014 between the Ministry of Education in Myanmar and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). . Equipment handed over to MTU includes over 200 different kinds of laboratory equipment and tools, that will enable the MTU students to apply practical experiments to their education and research activities.
In 1945, before Myamar gained its independence , the supervisory office of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation was established to conduct the activities of social welfare and natural disaster prevention. Lately, after 1948, during the time of independence gained, the office was reorganized as the ministry of education, social welfare and resettlement. After that, the name of the office had changed as the ministry of education, relief and resettlement in 1952 and it had changed as the ministry of ethnic minority and relief and resettlement again in the same year to with the purpose of implementing the activities of natural disaster preparation, relief and resettlement and providing necesarry assistance. But in 1957, due to the political change, it had modied the name of the office as the ministry of Relief, Resettlement and National Reconciliation. In 1972, when the new administration took over, the office was reconstituted as Ministry of Social Welfare. At the beginning, there are two departments under the ministry as department of social welfare and department of relief and resettlement.
1992,the State Law and Order Restoration Council transformed the Ministry of Social Welfare into the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement with three departments including The Fire Services department under its Notification 14/92 dated 19-02-1992.
On 6th November 2012, the Department of Fire Services was transferred to the Ministry of Home Affairs due to the nature of work and to be in accord with the contemporary situations, and so there are only two departments left under this ministry---the Social Welfare Department and Relief and Resettlement Department.
There are 265 Officer and 2876 Staff(Total 3141) under the Ministry.According to the need of the civil servants, the Ministry increased the office in Division Region and Training school for two departments.On 2015 March 31, the Ministry has 620 Officer and 4314 Staff (total 4934) were present.
Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement have 620 officials, 4314 staffs and total 4934 with the extension of the organization set up for the development of administrative mechanism on 1st April 2015.
On 10th March 2016, Department of Social Welfare extended its organization set up and the Ministry have the officials were 624, staffs were 4632 and total was 5256.
Both of two departments, Department of Social Welfare and Relief and Resettlement Department were extended their organization set up on 6th July 2017. So there were 1965 officials, 14614 staffs and the total was 16579.
On 31st January 2018, under the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Department of Rehabilitation was established with the staffs from the existing two departments. Moreover the name of Relief and Resettlement Department was changed to Disaster Management Department.
So the following are the current organization set up of Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement,
To fulfill the social needs of the citizens of the Republic of Union of Myanmar and to conduct the Disaster Management activities in accordance with the international standards
Life in Myanmar is changing dramatically. After decades of military rule, the country is gradually opening up to the world and becoming a democracy.
We opened our Yangon office in 2016 to unlock people's potential with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Without all three, people can’t live dignified, healthy lives. With all three, they can break free from poverty and change their lives for good.
Across the country, two in three people have clean water and decent toilets. But in many rural communities, where most people live, these figures are among the worst in Asia.
A lack of sustainable public infrastructure and resources has hampered efforts to reach people with these essentials. We will help the Government invest in these areas and ensure strong plans and systems are in place from the start.
Myanmar Government has received a US$100 million credit from the Word Bank for the Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management (AIRBM) Project. The objective of the AIRBM Project is to help Myanmar develop the institutions and tools needed to enable informed decision making in the management of Myanmar’s water resources and to implement integrated river basin management of the Ayeyarwady Basin. The AIRBM Project includes three components: i) Water Resources Management Institutions, Decision Support System, and Capacity Building; ii) Hydro-Meteorological Observation and Information Systems Modernization; and iii) Navigation Enhancement of the Ayeyarwady. The implementing agency of the AIRBM Project is the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR) of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC).
A strong coalition of Dutch companies and organisations has signed an agreement to jointly invest and collaborate in a comprehensive 3-year program to support the Yangon Regional Government in addressing critical challenges related to Urban Water and Water Logistics. The agreement is signed under the Dutch government Partners for International Business (PIB) program.
The agreement delivers on a promise by the coalition to H.E. Phyo Min Thein, the Regional Chief Minister of Yangon, in June this year, when he visited the Netherlands (LINK). During this visit, he requested Dutch expertise and advise on key topics related to Urban Water: water supply, water resources, water governance and water innovation; and Water Logistics: Yangon sea port, river transport, river dredging and river tunneling.
West Yangon Technological University was established in 15th Dec. 2005. It is situated in HlaingTharYar and was the second campus of Yangon Technological University in 1996. West Yangon Technological University is situated 10 km away from downtown of Yangon. West Yangon Technological University's reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known nation-wide and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students.
MES is a professional civil society established with the aim of enabling engineers and architects to participate with their utmost capability, using their expertise for the development of architecture as the base and all-round development of other sectors of economy as well. MES provides services by conducting many technical seminars and training courses to develop the capacity of engineers, technicians and skilled workers. MES participates in the work of various organizations of national or regional level to assist with technical advice and capacity building. It also cooperates with many regional and international organizations.
VEI is an international water operator from the Netherlands, helping water companies in developing and transition countries to expand their capability and to professionalize their operations. For example, by improving NRW management and water operations, by setting up stable financial processes or by creating a better infrastructure.
VEI is a cooperation between the two largest water companies of the Netherlands: Vitens and Evides Waterbedrijf. These are the shareholders of VEI and provide us with human capital: Dutch water experts who take their knowledge and share it with their colleagues abroad.