Japan pledges support for road building in Kachin, Chin states

JICA offiacl Mr. Yoshihiro Kawasaki addresses Safety Management Seminar.
JICA offiacl Mr. Yoshihiro Kawasaki addresses Safety Management Seminar.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency will donate heavy equipment for road construction in remote areas of Kachin and Chin states, JICA official Mr Yoshihiro Kawasaki said Friday.
Work can start soon after the arrival of equipment, estimated to be in early 2017, Mr Kawasaki, from JICA’s Planning and Coordination Division, said at a safety management seminar in Yangon.
Daw Mya Win, Director of the Department of Highways under the Ministry of Construction, said the Japanese agency is also providing similar assistance for road projects in Rakhine and Kayin states.
“The project in Kayin started last fiscal year, and equipment for projects in Rakhine State will arrive in Myanmar this September,” Daw Mya Win said.
JICA’s technical and equipment assistance programmes have targeted regions where transportation infrastructure is underdeveloped.
At the seminar Friday, Japanese experts shared their experience and knowledge on safety management in construction with over 100 government staff including engineers, foremen and machine operators.
JICA plans to offer more seminars for both private and public sectors, Mr Kawasaki said.
The Japanese agency has recently held such seminars in the capital Nay Pyi Taw and Mandalay, with the aim of introducing safety management systems and equipment used in Japan, as well as encouraging safety consciousness on construction sites in Myanmar.

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