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Waternet takes part in Dutch Consortium for support the Yangon Region with Urban Water and Water Logistics Challenges

13 November 2018

A strong coalition of Dutch companies and organisations, including Waternet, has signed an agreement to jointly invest and collaborate in a comprehensive 3-year program to support the Yangon Regional Government (Myanmar) in addressing critical challenges related to Urban Water and Water Logistics. The agreement is signed under the Dutch government Partners for International Business (PIB)program.

The agreement delivers on a promise by the coalition to H.E. Phyo Min Thein, the Regional Chief Minister of Yangon, in June this year, when he visited the Netherlands. During this visit, he requested Dutch expertise and advise on key topics related to Urban Water: water supply, water resources, water governance and water innovation; and Water Logistics: Yangon sea port, river transport, river dredging and river tunneling.

The Urban-Water-Logistics Yangon (UWLY) coalition is led by The Water Agency and consists of a multidisciplinary team of organisations, including Bosch Slabbers, CDR International, Doh Eain, Resilience, Royal HaskoningDHV, U.Minds, Van Oord and Witteveen+Bos. The coalition is further supported with expertise from knowledge partners AMS Institute, TU Delft, Port of Rotterdam and Waternet.

On the 31st of October, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Wouter Jurgens, and representatives of the PIB coalition presented the agreement to the Yangon Chief Minister, coinciding with a 3-day innovation challenge in which 40 students from universities across Myanmar, developed and presented their own personal ideas for a more sustainable and resilient Yangon.

The Netherlands Embassy in Yangon in partnership with The Water Agency hosted a stakeholder workshop on the 1st of November to inform all relevant stakeholders about the objectives and activities.