Myanmar Rubber Forum to be held in Yangon

Myanmar Rubber Forum for sustainable rubber value chain development will be held in Yangon during September, said U Khaing Myint, secretary of Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers Association (MRPPA).
The objectives behind the forum are to bring about the sustainable development of those stakeholders in the value chain, to boost the competitiveness of the farmers, producers and Technically Specified Rubber factories, and to get a reasonable price and maintain quality.
“We are prepping for the forum. Sure, we must follow the health guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Sports. The event is likely to take place in September. We are making efforts to hold the event at the soonest,” he said.
At present, Myanmar rubber raw materials are offered a lower price than that in the international market as they do not meet international standard, he continued.
“Myanmar rubber is priced only 300-350 per tonne, whereas the international price fetches about US$1,600 per tonne. We have to reduce the price as they are of low quality,” he added.
During 5 August, Union Minister Dr Than Myint of the Ministry of Commerce met the officials from MRPPA at the meeting hall of the ministry. During the meeting, the Union Minister gave the remark that the ministry has supported the technical requirement to some extent to have quality rubber export. Furthermore, it will employ more laboratory staff and extend the lab facilities for the development of the rubber industry.
Additionally, they discussed receiving the technical assistance by connecting with development partner like Japan International Cooperation Agency for the rubber sector development.
The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) and MRPPA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2016 and set up Myanmar Natural Rubber Quality Testing Lab at the Commodity Testing and Quality Management Division (Hlegu Township) of the Consumer Affairs Department under the MOC.
Malaysia Rubber Board audited the lab in December 2016, and the lab passed Round Robin Test (or) Proficiency Test four times in 2017. International Rubber Association will accredit it.
There are over 1.6 million acres of rubber plantations in Myanmar, and 800,00 of them can be processed latex. Myanmar exports over 200,000 tonnes of rubber raw materials to the external market per year.(Translated by Ei Myat Mon)

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