December 24, 2016
Yangon- 24 December 2016, The Summary Report for the Strategic Urban Development Plan and the Urban Transport Development Plan of the Greater Yangon was handed over to H. E. U Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister of Yangon Region Government (YRG) at the office of YRG by Mr. Yasushi TANAKA, Director General, Southeast Asia and Pacific Department of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Headquarters.
The review and update of the said report has been supported by JICA in cooperation with YRG, Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA) and Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) since August 2016.
Development Vision for Yangon by 2040 is proposed as "Attractive International Port & Logistic HUB – A City of Blue, Green and Gold". In order to achieve the said vision, 41 priority projects are proposed to be commenced by 2020 under the Strategic Urban Development Plan. It was also recommended to review and update the priority projects every five years.
Under the Comprehensive Urban Transport Development Plan of the Greater Yangon, "Sustainable transport development for Yangon Region to function as comprehensive international and national growth hub and provide much needed mobility and accessibility for the people" is set as overall goal until 2040. A total of 96 projects are proposed to be implemented with 9 Strategic Actions such as bus modernization, traffic management and safety management, Transit Oriented Development (TOD), and strengthening of YRTA.
Opening speeches were made by H. E. U Phyo Min Thein and Mr. Yasushi TANAKA of JICA Headquarters at the Handing Over Ceremony. Ministers from YRG, Chairman of Yangon Region Parliament, Secretary of Yangon City and concerned departmental officials attended the said handing over ceremony.
Handing over of Summary Report and Records of Periodical Meetings
Mr. Yasushi TANAKA stressed the importance of urban development and urban transport master plans, coordination between regional and union level ministries to confirm the priority projects to be implemented in the future. The result of this report shall constitute the first step of a comprehensive program to promote the strategic urban development of Yangon Region, which may be further authorized to an official development plan through the additional comments and participation by the citizens of Myanmar.
The final report includes with Short-term plan (by 2020), Mid-term plan (by 2025) and Long-term (until 2035) and proposed priority projects. After confirming the master plans by the Government of Myanmar, JICA is willing to support priority projects which will gain the most benefits for the People of Yangon Region and the Government of Myanmar with a variety of its scheme.
Submission of the report does not mean to complete JICA's activities on urban development and transport. JICA will carry on some survey activities, feasibility studies and pilot projects based on the report.