Myanmar, Japan discuss ODA Loan for infrastructure projects

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Union Minister for Construction U Han Zaw holds talks with Mr. Michio Kikuchi, Japan’s Deputy Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Construction, U Han Zaw, received a delegation led by Mr. Michio Kikuchi, Japan’s Deputy Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, at his ministry in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
They discussed ongoing projects and development, cooperation required on tackling surfacing challenges, and how the projects related to regional development during the meeting.
The 6th Myanmar-Japan Vice-Ministerial Level Meeting on Infrastructure Development between Ministry of Construction and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism was then held.
Deputy Minister U Kyaw Lin spoke at the meeting and said the meeting will discuss which part of the ODA Loan project will be prioritized and related topics on technology, training programs by JICA that best suit the needs of the departments under the ministry, available opportunities for Japanese investors, and other topics raised by both sides.
The Deputy Minister said ten companies have been shortlisted for the Yangon Elevated Expressway project and all related risk management will be the responsibility of the chosen company. He said the Thuwanna training school will play an important role when his departments’ regulatory body shifts, and said he wishes to conduct it as a training and research center. The MLIT Deputy Minister also spoke at the meeting, and said discussing Japan’s quality infrastructure urban law buildings will strengthen both countries’ bilateral relations. He stressed the importance of planning for infrastructure development and quality in future endeavors, and visiting the Thuwanna training school for churning out human resource.
Next, a JICA official explained about Sittoung Bridge, followed by the Director-General of the Department of Urban & Housing Development an official from JBIC signing the Amendment to the Letter of Intent, where after they exchanged the signed documents.
This was followed by readings and discussions on different aspects of the road sector and construction industry sector.
Yesterday’s meeting helped to further strengthen close relations between Japan and Myanmar and exchanged views on both countries’ experiences in the roads, bridges, and housing sectors, developments, current projects and future plans and policies which will bring increased benefits and development to the transportation sector and housing sector.


—MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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