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