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October 25, 2017

Signing of Record of Discussions on Technical Cooperation Project with Myanmar: Supporting human resources development and the promotion of business partnerships between Japanese and Myanmar companies

On October 23, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar for the Project of Myanmar-Japan Center for Human Resources Development (Phase II), a technical cooperation project.

The project will support the Myanmar-Japan Center for Human Resources Development (MJC) in developing its organizational structure, enhancing the business training service administration and strengthening networks with the aim of making the MJC a hub for industrial human resource development, information and networking.

Since the transition to civil government in March 2011, Myanmar has proactively pursued initiatives to promote democratization and transition to a market economy, and efforts to open the economy have included trade deregulation and the improvement of investment-related laws and regulations. In recent years, these efforts have resulted in a gradual increase in foreign direct investment, including from Japan. Notwithstanding that progress, because of socialist economic policies from the past, Myanmar companies still lag in competitiveness. Therefore, providing training to local human resources with the management knowledge and capacity required for a market economy is a priority.

Taking these factors into consideration, JICA is currently implementing the Project of Myanmar-Japan Center for Human Resources Development (October 2013 to March 2018) in conjunction with the Ministry of Commerce of Myanmar and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The activities of the project include launching and strengthening the MJC organization, providing business courses, and networking with Japanese municipalities and economic groups.

Nevertheless, there are still some issues the MJC needs to address, such as further organizational development, capacity building in the areas of public relations and personnel, and carrying out effective networking activities to strengthen relations with Japanese and Myanmar companies.

In the second phase of the project, support will be provided to the MJC, which provides business training services primarily for business owners and managers in Myanmar companies, in order to strengthen their organizational structure, train local instructors, strengthen the capacity to collect and disseminate information, and enhance relations with relevant agencies.

By strengthening the organization and management capacity of the MJC, the project is expected to promote business partnerships between Myanmar and Japanese companies. In addition to this project, JICA will provide support toward achieving private-sector-led economic growth in Myanmar through other projects for improving industrial competitiveness, such as investment promotion projects and Official Development Assistance Loan (Two-Step Loan) for small and medium-sized enterprises in Myanmar.

[Basic project information]
Country Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Project title The Project of Myanmar-Japan Center for Human Resources Development (Phase II)
Planned implementation period April 2018 to March 2023
Executing agency Ministry of Commerce, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry
Target region, facilities Mandalay, Yangon and other areas
Specific project details (provisional) Strengthening the MJC organizational structure, strengthening business training service management, building capacity for collecting and disseminating information, and strengthening networks with relevant agencies

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