JICA to pub­lish amended mas­ter plan by year-end

The Myanmar Times - - Business - MYAT NYEIN AYE my­at­nyeinaye@mm­times.com

THE Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency will pub­lish an amended ver­sion of its Yan­gon 2040 mas­ter plan by the end of this year, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior JICA of­fi­cial.

The agency drafted the plan in 2012, but be­gan amend­ing the plan in the mid­dle of 2016 at the re­quest of the new govern­ment, ac­cord­ing to Kei­ichiro Nakazawa, JICA’s chief rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Myan­mar.

“The con­di­tions in Yan­gon have changed much since the plan was drafted in 2012,” he said. “For ex­am­ple, the traf­fic jams are worse now.”

Af­ter the Na­tional League for Democ­racy was elected, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi asked JICA to amend the mas­ter plan to re­flect the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, Mr Nakazawa said.

“So we did, and we will make the new re­port be­fore [the start of] next year,” he told The Myan­mar Times.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing the amended mas­ter plan, the Yan­gon Re­gion govern­ment will select and man­age the rec­om­mended projects based on its bud­get and the avail­abil­ity of in­ter­na­tional loans, he added.

The for­mer govern­ment started some projects from the mas­ter plan, but also em­barked on its own ini­tia­tives.

The new ad­min­is­tra­tion has been hold­ing reg­u­lar dis­cus­sions with JICA on is­sues around Yan­gon in­fra­struc­ture and the mas­ter plan ev­ery few weeks.

“We are amend­ing the mas­ter plan prac­ti­cally and in dis­cus­sion with the Re­gion govern­ment and min­is­ters about the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and what sec­tors need to change,” said Mr Nakazawa.

Among the projects out­lined in the mas­ter plan are in­ner and outer ring roads for Yan­gon, which would start by con­nect­ing down­town Yan­gon to Bago Re­gion’s Han­thawaddy In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

“The Min­istry of Con­struc­tion has started a sur­vey for this project but has not fin­ished yet,” he said. “So af­ter the govern­ment’s sur­vey, we will con­tinue our plan based on the min­istry’s find­ings.”

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An in­crease in traf­fic jams, among other is­sues, has prompted the Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency to up­date its Yan­gon 2040 mas­ter plan.

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