Surbana Jurong Myanmar office has successfully concluded its Temasek Foundation – Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (TF-SCE) capacity building workshop series which was held over a 8 month period from September 2015 to May 2016.
Singapore’s public and private sector expertise were engaged to contribute to this customized programme in building the urban planning and management sectors of the Republic of Myanmar, these included Singapore’s public sector partners such as Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Land Transport Authority (LTA), Public Utilities Board (PUB) and Building Construction Authority (BCA).
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the government expressed interest in further collaboration and technical assistance from Singapore and is keen to review policies on affordable housing with a priority on social housing for the urban poor and squatter resettlement matters.
“We look forward to continue work with SCE and TF for future workshop series as we continue to share our knowledge and expertise through these targeted programmes, crucial for planning in this new era of development in the growing country,” affirms Mr Lee Leong Seng, General Manager, Surbana Jurong Myanmar office.
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.”