EuroCham Myanmar Construction Advocacy Group hosted a Construction Forum 2020: Standardisation
EuroCham Myanmar, together with leading European companies represented in the Construction and Infrastructure Advocacy Group, organised the second EuroCham Construction Forum on 28th October 2020.
The Forum had the theme ‘Standardisation. The state of the project & challenges ahead’, and featured the topics of the Myanmar National Building Codes and standards.
The objective of the forum was to present an update on the standardisation process in Myanmar, and to discuss the importance of making implementation of building codes and standards a default practice. This forum also served to raise the concerns of the EuroCham Construction & Infrastructure Advocacy Group and industry representatives to relevant stakeholders and media.
U Win Htut, Chairman of the Transport, Communication and Construction Committee, Pyithu Hluttaw, addressed the role of standardisation in the construction sector. U Win Htut looks forward to receiving feedback from relevant stakeholders to improve responsible, sustainable investments in Myanmar.
U Win Khaing Moe, Director General of Department of Research and Innovation, remarked that the mission of his Department is to prioritise standardisation and complimented the work EuroCham Myanmar is doing in regards to standardisation issues.
Mr. Erik Foppen, co-chair of the Construction and Infrastructure Advocacy Group, presented an overview of the group’s activities and priorities, including the preservation of heritage, contract management and construction standards. He stressed that the lack of enforcement with regards to standards brings risks to all stakeholders, thereby hindering progress. What is needed is an industry-wide certificate scheme to implement regulations. Mr. Erik Foppen emphasised that standardisation is a pivotal part of the sector’s development.
Mr. Pedro Teixeira, Director Buildings & Infrastructure South-East Asia at Bureau Veritas, presented Bureau Veritas’ outlook on standardisation in buildings & infrastructure. He outlined that developing country-based standards is a long process, which requires a considerable amount of time, efforts and resources. He noted that Myanmar would hugely benefit from implementing Eurocodes to save costs and time.
During the panel discussion, moderated by Mr. Shashank Mishra, UN Habitat, the panellists discussed the current state of standardisation in Myanmar, why it is important and talked about the way forward to find solutions of the identified issues in the standardisation process in the construction sector.
U Ye Linn, Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Federation (MCEF), talked about the various type of standards needed to support the construction industry and what the role of the MCEF is in this process. U Ye Linn also addressed what major reforms are needed in Myanmar to make implementation of building codes and standards a default practice.
U Saw Htwe Zaw, CEC Member, Federation of Myanmar Engineering Societies, discussed the role of the MES in the drafting of the Myanmar National Building Code 2016 and the challenges in implementing the MNBC in absence of robust standards for the construction industry.
Pedro Teixeira, Bureau Veritas, touched upon the challenges the private sector has been facing due to inadequate building standards in Myanmar and possible collaborations on this matter.
Dr War War Moe, Deputy Director and Head of Standards Development Division, National Standards and Quality Department, Department of Research and Innovation, highlighted the efforts and progress by the government in standardisation in the construction sector in Myanmar. Dr War War Moe commented that the DRI has been engaging with the ASEAN group on the standardisation process.