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October 3, 2018

Signing of Grant Agreement with Myanmar: Contributing to improvements in the lives of residents in the northern region through Mandalay Port development

The first sentence in the fourth paragraph in this press release posted October 3 has been revised as below.
【Before】
“By providing infrastructure and mechanizing cargo-handling, the project is expected to greatly improve the efficiency of inland transportation and goods distribution by water in Myanmar by making it possible to handle up to 200,000 tons of cargo per year, as well as ……”
【After】
“By providing infrastructure, the project is expected to greatly improve the efficiency of inland transportation and goods distribution by water in Myanmar by making it possible to mechanize 200,000 tons of cargo-handling per year out of 800,000 tons, as well as ……”

photosigning ceremony

On October 3, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in Yangon, to provide grant aid of up to 6.033 billion yen for the Project for the Development of Mandalay Port.

The objective of the project is to modernize Mandalay Port in Myanmar’s second largest city, Mandalay, which is located in the economic center of the northern region of Myanmar. This will be done through the construction of berthing facilities and a terminal and the mechanization of cargo handling facilities. This development will contribute to improvements in the lives of residents in the northern region.

Mandalay Port is one of the most important river ports in Myanmar for domestic water transportation. Many passenger and cargo vessels travel between the port and Yangon, which is the largest city in the country and the center of economic growth, and as a base for transportation and goods distribution, the port supports the lives of people in the northern region. However, the port has no cargo-handling facilities and uses only the natural riverbank, and therefore water transportation efficiency is extremely poor such that cargo must be carried manually on wooden planks when crossing from the riverbank to ships.

By providing infrastructure, the project is expected to greatly improve the efficiency of inland transportation and goods distribution by water in Myanmar by making it possible to mechanize 200,000 tons of cargo-handling per year out of 800,000 tons, as well as increasing the cargo-handling efficiency per hour by approximately six times, shortening the ship mooring time by 90 percent or more and in other ways. It is also expected that this optimization will contribute to the growth of the northern economic zone.

In addition to this project, JICA comprehensively supports the development of transportation infrastructure, including railways and arterial roads, to extend the growth in Yangon throughout the country, and contributes to sustainable economic growth in Myanmar as a whole.

[Basic project information]
Country Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Project title The Project for the Development of Mandalay Port
Planned implementation period 33 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period
Executing agency Ministry of Transport and Communications
Target region, facilities Mandalay Port
Specific project details (provisional) (1) Facility improvements/equipment procurement
Facilities: Pier (total length: 180 meters, water depth at end: 2 meters), two linking bridges (total lengths: 172.2, 176.0 meters), terminal area reclamation (220 × 150 meters), outside cargo/container yard (9,900 square meters), cargo yard/empty container storage area (1,600 square meters)
Buildings: Shed (floor space: 2,340 square meters), port office/workshop (two stories, floor space: 1,580 square meters), worker rest area, power generation building, pump station, security post
Equipment: Cargo-handling equipment (two jib cranes, one rough terrain crane, one reach stacker, five forklifts, six tractor trailers and chassis)
(2) Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction/procurement supervision

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