An awareness seminar on Yangon and Universal Design Cities was jointly held by the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) and Myanmar Independent Living Initiative (MILI) yesterday at Summit Parkview Hotel.
Attendging the seminar were Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Yangon Region Minister for Electricity, Industry and Transportation Daw Nilar Kyaw, Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe, officials from the Australian Embassy to Myanmar, along with related departments and civil society organizations (CSOs).
In his opening remarks, The Yangon Region Chief Minister said, “I would like to express my appreciation towards MILI and the Australian Embassy for this seminar.
“Through this, we hope a universal design for our city will emerge,” he said.
“This is part of the effort to ensure Yangon will be a desirable city to live in”, he said.
He continued, “Suggestions from officials from the YCDC, various departments and CSOs were received, and significant changes will be made.”
“Hopefully, this plan will reap great results for Yangon to become a better city to live in and be accessible to all people, regardless of age, disability or other factors. After this seminar, officials need to select pilot project areas to carry out within the entire city. Therefore, officials will proceed to further discussions concerning project areas, which will be designated in six townships, including downtown, or part of them,” said the Chief Minister.
MILI was organized to promote equal rights, inclusion and independent living for people with disabilities in Myanmar, and it has continued promoting the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities, as well as for those who are economically disadvantaged.
The organization is headquartered in Yangon. There are now 10 branches with 4,000 members.
Ei Myat Mon)