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Press Release

April 9, 2015

Signing R/D on "The Project for Development of a Comprehensive Disaster Resilience System and Collaboration Platform"

On 9 April 2015, Record of Discussion (R/D) for the new Technical Cooperation Project under SATREPS(*) scheme titled "The Project for Development of a Comprehensive Disaster Resilience System and Collaboration Platform" was signed by U Kyaw Zwa Soe, Director General of Department of Technology Promotion and Coordination, Ministry of Science and Technology, Prof. Dr. Aye Myint, Rector of Yangon Technological University, and Mr. Keiichiro NAKAZAWA, Chief Representative of JICA Myanmar Office. This project will be implemented by Department of Technology Promotion and Coordination (DTPC) under Ministry of Science and Technology and Yangon Technological University (YTU) in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

This Project, which is the very first joint research project in Myanmar to be conducted between YTU and the University of Tokyo under SATREPS scheme, is targeting to develop the integrated disaster resilience systems consisting of software, hardware, and human resource development for strengthening Myanmar's disaster response ability and to establish collaboration platform among government, academia and industry. The experts from the University of Tokyo, Hokkaido University, Tohoku University, Keio University, and Hiroshima University in the relevant fields such as Water–related Disaster, Earthquake–related Disaster, Geospatial Technology, Infrastructure and Management, Transport and Mobility, and Disaster Management will be dispatched and work in the close cooperation with YTU and the concerned departments under Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Ministry of Construction, and Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation.

It is 5-years project and will be completed in 2020.

(*) SATREPS stands for "Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development". SATREPS is targeting the human resource development and capacity-building of researchers and research institutions in developing countries, and development of new technology and applications as well as acquiring new knowledge through science and technology cooperation.

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