Construction Ministry takes steps to form National Urban Committee

Coordination meeting of National Urban Committee – NUC in progress. Photo: MNA
Coordination meeting of National Urban Committee – NUC in progress. Photo: MNA

In a bid to design national urban policies, authorities discussed setting up a National Urban Committee – NUC during a coordination meeting held at the Ministry of Construction in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
At the meeting, Union Minister for Construction U Han Zaw said NUC will advise in the design of an effective national urban policy and steer guidance on implementation. He mentioned that a workshop on designing a national urban policy framework was conducted on 4 June 2018, and a preliminary workshop on holding a national policy conference was held in Nay Pyi Taw on 14 December 2018.
The results from the two workshops were used to decide which policy components needed to be prioritized, said the Union Minister. He said the NUPP necessitates completing the NUP by 2020 and holding a National Urban Forum to pursue further actions. He urged everyone to participate in forming the NUC so that an NUP which is line with the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (MSDP-2030) can be drafted and put into action.
Next, Director-General U Min Htein and Deputy Director-General Daw Aye Aye Myint explained the planning stage of the NUP and the duties of the NUC, and the prioritized components of the NUP, respectively.
This was followed by the members of the provisional national urban committee discussing the formation of the NUC after which, the Union Minister delivered the closing speech.
Most of the world’s countries are adopting the New Urban Agenda (2016-2036) and designing their own national urban policies. Myanmar is also implementing the National Urban Policy Program (2017-2019), a collaboration between the Department of Urban & Housing Development and UN-Habitat, with support from South Korea.
Attending the meeting were Union Ministers Dr. Aung Thu and U Win Khaing, deputy ministers, Hluttaw MPs, permanent secretaries, department heads, members of associate organizations, and other officials. —MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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