Dec 03, 2015 09:54

SJ conducts 2nd Urban Management Programme for Myanmar’s Ministry of Construction

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Surbana Jurong’s Myanmar office successfully conducted the second instalment of the Temasek Foundation – Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (TF-SCE) workshops in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar from 23 – 27 Nov. The workshop was graced by U Min Htein, Director General of the Department of Urban & Housing Development (DUHD) as well as 60 government officials from the Ministry of Construction (MOC).

The focus of this workshop centered on Affordable Housing and Township Planning, and is part of a larger series of capacity building initiatives aimed at equipping MOC officials with new knowledge to develop customized urban development solutions for Myanmar. Similar to the first workshop, this session saw representatives from Surbana Jurong sharing Singapore’s experience in urban planning and housing development over the course of our nation’s 50 year history. Leading the team from Surbana Jurong was Mr Patrick Lee (Dy MD Architecture) who was joined by Ms Shrena Joshi from Urban Planning, Mr Dennis Aw from City Management and Mr Goh Chee Kiong from C&S Engineering.

The workshop also saw involvement from Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), who supported our team’s efforts by delivering a presentation on Housing Finance. The workshop received positive reviews from the participants, and drew many lively exchanges. Many provided feedback that they had gained further insights into key principles of integrated town planning, design principles for liveable high-rise public housing as well as best practices in zoning regulations and enforcement policies.

Mr Tin Thu Ya, our Myanmar Office’s Principal M&E Engineer said “The 2nd TF-SCE Workshop further underscores our close collaborations with the Ministry of Construction. Riding on our case studies from Singapore’s experience, our counterparts from the Ministry have expressed confidence that the series of capacity building workshops will improve their larger planning, development and management of urban, road and water infrastructure.”