Photo 1: Deputy Minister of Ministry of Photo 2: Experts from UN-Habitat, DUHD,
Construction H.E. U Kyaw Linn delivering Parliamentarians and Participants
the Opening Address
Nay Pyi Taw, 14 December 2018 – The National Consultation Workshop titled “Towards a National Urban Policy for Myanmar” was successfully held on 14th December 2018 at Thingaha Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw. It was attended by Deputy Minister U Kyaw Linn of the Ministry of Construction , parliamentarians from relevant parliamentary committees, high representatives from Nay Pyi Taw Council and from all the fourteen States and Regions, the Director General of the Department of Urban and Housing Department (DUHD), senior DUHD officials, DUHD advisors, development partners, representatives from embassies, professional associations and the Urban Policy Expert from UN-Habitat HQ – Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit.
The Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Construction, in his opening remarks stated “Myanmar’s National Urban Policy Framework outlines five vital thematic areas that are crucial for an inclusive and sustainable development of Myanmar. These thematic areas for discussion at the workshop are not just priority areas for the National Urban Policy but most vitally, harmonizes with our country’s National Priorities such as the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (MSDP).”
Mr. Bijay Karmacharya, Country Programme Manager of UN-Habitat in Myanmar stressed “Urbanization is unstoppable and irreversible.” and pointed out that “Myanmar is at a critical time for forward thinking and preparing its urbanization process through a National level policy which should become a guiding instrument to manage its urbanization.”
Photo 3: Mr. Bijay Karmacharya, Country Photo 4: Participants at the National Consultation
Programme Manager for UN-Habitat Myanmar Workshop discussion panels
delivering welcoming remarks
Dr. Ulrich Graute, an Urban Specialist from UN-Habitat HQ – Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit, delivered a powerpoint presentation on the achievements until now of the NUP preparations , next steps and programme of work for 2019,. Daw Mie Mie Tin, DUHD Deputy Director General focused on National Housing Policy, whilst Daw Aye Aye Myint,DUHD Deputy Director General, and Mr. Bijay Karmacharya, Country Programme Manager of UN-Habitat Myanmar, talked on ‘Urban Issues in Myanmar and policy priority’.
The presentation session was followed by the panel discussions where the participants were discussed the role of private sector in the development of NUP, the contribution of private sector to smart cities strategies, the contribution of research institutions/universities to the implementation of NUP, the support and technical guidance that UN-Habitat will provide for the implementation of NUP in Myanmar, the partnership between national and local authorities, planning professionals, civil society organizations and other stakeholders, the donor community support for the implementation of NUP for Myanmar.
The National Urban Policy Framework (NUP-F) was discussed vertically at a previous NUP workshop held on 4thJune 2018 and was now validated horizontally to close the Feasibility Stage of the NUP.
The priority areas cover five thematic areas; municipal governance and finance, urban and regional legislation, land governance, housing and environmental and climate change issues related to urban development.
The initiation of National Urban Policy Development in Myanmar started in December 2014 with the preparation of the National Urban Policy Note that outlines broad themes and topics to be addressed by a National Urban Policy. Ministry of Construction with the technical assistance from UN-Habitat then produced the Rapid Urban Diagnostic Report, Myanmar (RUDRMYA) which was finalized in February 2016 in consultation with senior advisors and officials at the Department of Urban and Housing Development (DUHD) of the Ministry.
Development of a National Urban Policy attained a national developmental priority in Myanmar after the approval of the New Urban Agenda at Habitat III in Quito, October 2016. The Ministry took forward the process of policy development based on the findings of RUDRMYA. The third main step towards the National Urban Policy, a National Urban Policy Framework (NUP-F), was completed in early 2017. Therefore, the NUP-Framework offers an outline and an entry point for consultative policy dialogues and discussions vertically with sub-national entities (State and Region Governments) and horizontally with the relevant line Ministries as well as stakeholders in civil society and development partners in the urban sector.