Yan­gon chief min­is­ter to tap young en­trepreneurs for ‘fresh ideas’

The Myanmar Times - - News - AUNG KYAW MIN aungkyawmin@mm­times.com

YAN­GON Re­gion Chief Min­is­ter U Phyo Min Thein plans to meet with young en­trepreneurs today, af­ter he promised more youth in­put in gover­nance at a meet­ing with stu­dents of the Na­tional Man­age­ment De­gree Col­lege last week.

Yan­gon Re­gion has about 29 in­dus­trial zones that lack con­sis­tent elec­tric­ity, run­ning wa­ter, drainage, suf­fi­cient in­dus­trial run-off con­trols and means for de­ter­ring squat­ters, he said. Pro­duc­tiv­ity-di­min­ish­ing traf­fic, a volatile real es­tate mar­ket and reg­u­la­tory frame­works in flux are also among chal­lenges fac­ing old-guard ty­coons, young busi­ness­peo­ple and en­trepreneurs alike in Myan­mar’s big­gest city.

“We will meet young en­trepreneurs so we can share in the task of devel­op­ment,” U Phyo Min Thein said on July 27. “The weak so­lu­tion would be to put the en­tire bur­den on the busi­ness youth.”

The re­gional gov­ern­ment is made up of just nine min­is­ters who will not be able to take on all the devel­op­ment chal­lenges fac­ing Yan­gon alone, he said, mak­ing young en­trepreneurs’ role im­por­tant.

“We need the young peo­ple to speak bravely of new, fresh ideas,” he said.

While strat­egy and pol­icy for in­dus­trial devel­op­ment will be set by the gov­ern­ment, ac­cord­ing to U Phyo Min Thein, the chief min­is­ter said it is im­por­tant that youth get the mes­sage that the gov­ern­ment would like their in­volve­ment.

At a sep­a­rate meet­ing with stu­dents at the Yan­gon Uni­ver­sity of For­eign Lan­guages, the chief min­is­ter an­nounced that a “re­gional youth in­ter­fac­ing plan” would pro­vide a blank slate for young peo­ple who, fairly or not, have been la­belled the prog­eny of Myan­mar’s crony class, but also want to be a part of the coun­try’s growth.

U Phyo Min Thein also met with stu­dents at Yan­gon Uni­ver­sity on a tour of cam­puses in the re­gion last week.

Ma Thin­zar Shun Lei Yi, a youth ac­tivist leader, wel­comed the out­reach.

“It is good,” she said. “We have also been try­ing to meet with the gov­ern­ment to dis­cuss the role of the youth ... The gov­ern­ment should plan to meet with the youth more of­ten. They should meet with us monthly.”

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