German technology giant looks to support vocational training centres in Myanmar

Representatives of German multinational engineering and electronics group Bosch, Mr Andre de Jong (left), Mr Phirum Hay and U Than Syn Htoon, address the media at a press conference in Yangon. Photo: Ye Myint
Representatives of German multinational engineering and electronics group Bosch, Mr Andre de Jong (left), Mr Phirum Hay and U Than Syn Htoon, address the media at a press conference in Yangon.
Photo: Ye Myint

Yangon, 25 June— German technology and electronics giant Bosch is looking into the possibility of supporting  vocational training centres in Myanmar, an official from the company said Thursday.
“We hope to find a right way that can help a lot of people in Myanmar,” Mr Phirum Hay, corporate communications manager for Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar of Robert Bosch (Cambodia) Co., Ltd, told The Global New Light of Myanmar.
Bosch was among the first European companies to venture into Myanmar after the European Union lifted sanctions on the country. It has supplied a diverse range of products from car spare parts to power tools since starting operation here in 2013.
Bosch has established plants, vocational training, and research centres in a number of ASEAN countries.
“Vocational technical training is the focal point where Bosch is looking at the moment, but Bosch cannot do it alone and needs to combine its efforts with other German or European companies or maybe with everybody to support and develop the skill sector in the country,” Mr. Andre de Jong, managing director of Robert Bosch (Cambodia) Co., Ltd told The GNLM at a press briefing in Yangon on Wednesday.
The company has sponsored four training centres in Cambodia and two in Lao to teach youths how to use state-of-the-art tools.
German companies including Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) agree that vocational training is a key focus for Myanmar, said the managing director, who is also a founding member of the recently launched German Myanmar
Business Chamber.
Regarding the possibility of setting up a factory in the country, he said the company is currently “focusing on business development and sales opportunities in Myanmar” and “not yet planning for production in the
country”.
At the press briefing, Mr de Jong said the company will set up 800 milestones with reflective paint and 200 signposts with warnings and road safety messages on both sides of the Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw-Mandalay Highway.
“We believe road safety in Myanmar needs attention and Bosch is supporting the country’s road safety campaign by communicating and sharing information with the relative parties in the government,” he said.
Bosch recently erected a 150-metre long painting with road safety signs and messages on Yangon’s Kaba-Aye Pagoda Road.
According to the press briefing, Bosch saw growth of almost 70.17 percent in Myanmar last year. — GNLM

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