The European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar (EuroCham Myanmar) serves as the voice of European business in Myanmar. Its main mission is to significantly increase the presence of European companies in the country and to facilitate market access – by advocating for member interests with the government and organisations in Myanmar, the ASEAN region and the EU.
EuroCham Myanmar, together with leading European construction companies represented in EuroCham Myanmar’s Construction and Infrastructure Advocacy Group, is pleased to announce the upcoming EuroCham Myanmar Construction Forum 2020, representing a wide range of construction actors in Myanmar.
The Forum will feature an outlook on the construction industry in Myanmar focusing on:
- Myanmar National Building Codes
Myanmar has the objective of developing its economy in a safe, cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable way. To achieve those results, a fruitful relationship between the private and public sector is essential. EuroCham Myanmar’s Construction & Infrastructure Advocacy Group’s mission is to provide the Myanmar government and relevant stakeholders with a holistic overview of the sector’s challenges, and to make recommendations on how to ensure a prosperous and well-structured future for the industry.
Members of EuroCham Myanmar’s Construction & Infrastructure Advocacy Group have noticed an increase in demand from the market for proof of certification or quality assurance. Clients increasingly request technical information on materials and compliance with international standards. However, this is a bottom-up demand and limited progress has been seen on the government side in encouraging industry players to ensure material quality as a standard requirement in the construction process.
Recently, the government finished a new, detailed version of the Myanmar National Building Codes (MNBC). Generally, it is been well received by the private sector. However, there are still issues. Building standards are not as detailed as required according to international practice. Often a variety of standards exist, but there is insufficient regulation nor a generalized value recognition to those standards. Lack of enforcement also persists, mainly due to low capacity among respective governing bodies.
The most important step for the industry is to have standards and regulations that are being enforced. These standards and regulations can be work in progress and be adapted if needed. What is most important is that they exist, as they bring the much-needed clarity to the sector. If deployed effectively and throughout the entire sector, they provide a common technical language and are the basis of assessing performance of construction products and protocols.
Attending the event will provide the registrants with a perspective on how the construction industry of Myanmar is moving forward and will bring insights on the importance of a sustainable and innovative approach in supporting this transition. Not only will this provide an overview on the current state of standardisation in Myanmar, it will also review how Myanmar is progressing in standardising/regulating the sector, what challenges and opportunities are at stake, what benefits codes and standardisation will bring to the sector, and what private and public institutions can do to speed up the realisation of standardisation in the industry. The panel will feature leading private sector representatives, high-level government officials and experts from international organisations.
The EuroCham Myanmar Construction Forum offers the contribution packages ‘Platinum’, ‘Gold’ and ‘Silver’ as well as alternative sponsorship options with the latter including Media Partner.
Participating in and sponsoring this pioneering EuroCham Construction Forum 2020 unlocks an exclusive platform to ensure your concerns and messages are heard by policymakers and key players in the Myanmar Construction Industry. Seize this opportunity for visibility on this high-level advocacy event and join us in shaping the future of European investment in Myanmar.
With a strong, growing network of partners, EuroCham Myanmar offers on-the-ground assistance for European businesses interested in Myanmar. EuroCham Myanmar’s Construction and Infrastructure Advocacy Group is growing continuously and currently represents the following leading European companies: Bureau Veritas, Razel-Bec, Schneider Electric, Sika, Jardine Schindler and Javelin Services.
Draft Agenda EuroCham Construction Forum 2020
28 October 2020 2-4 PM
Moderator: UN Habitat (tbc)
02:00 – 02:05 PM
Opening words by Karina Ufert (Executive Director of EuroCham Myanmar)
02:05- 02:15 PM
Keynote address by U Win Htut (Chairman of Transport, Communication and Construction Committee, Pyithu Hluttaw) TBC
02:15 PM – 02:25 PM
Keynote address by U Win Khaing Moe (Director General of Department of Research and Innovation) TBC
02:25 PM- 02:35 PM
Overview of EuroCham Myanmar Construction and Infrastructure Advocacy Group (CIAG) by co-chairs of CIAG
02.35 – 02.50 PM
Introductory Presentation by Bureau Veritas on standardisation
02:50 – 03:35 PM
Panel discussion (set of questions and discussion points will be provided as it is closer to the event date)
Moderator: UN Habitat (tbc)
· Representative from Department of Research and Innovation
· Representative from Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Federation (MCEF)
· Pedro Teixeira, Director Buildings & Infrastructure, Bureau Veritas
· Representative from Myanmar Engineering Society
· U Win Htut, Chairman, Pyithu Hluttaw’s Construction, Communication and Transport Committee (CCTC)
03.35 – 03.50 PM
Q & A session
03.50 – 04.00 PM
Closing words/speech by Karina Ufert, Executive Director, EuroCham Myanmar