Nay Pyi Taw – February 20, 2015
Today we continued our meetings with staff from the Ministry of Commerce. Thanda organized a meeting with staff from the Ministry who focus on international trade. Interestingly, the Ministry has recently completed a large report in cooperation with the World Trade Center in Geneva wherein many sectors were analyzed for the opportunities that exist for improving the domestic production infrastructure as well as the international trade opportunities.
It is clear to me that officials and staff in the Ministry of Commerce are asking the right questions and along with their hard work internally are seeking advice and assistance in the critical areas of education and ways to add value (in country) to the natural resources and raw materials that are plentiful in Myanmar. A priority is advancements in agricultural technology that will assist in gaining higher yields and higher quality products.
Tourism, up a whopping 94% in recent years, also presents opportunities for economic growth and job creation for the people of Myanmar. Also, increased language skills, not only in English, are high priorities. Increasing the opportunity to communicate to the world, the positive changes occurring in Myanmar, represents an important evolution in how those supporting the tourism industry are thinking about their world-wide markets.
After these meetings in the morning, Thanda then toured me around the Uppatasanti Pagoda, a replica of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, only a foot shorter, in deference to the Shwedagon.
Our last stop was the Gem Museum which displayed the vast gem and mineral wealth of Myanmar and the beauty created from these precious stones. Diamonds, rubys, emeralds, sapphires and jade along with other precious and semi-precious stones are on display at the Gem Museum. We also view some of the industrial materials available like tin, lead, bentonite and other industrial metals and materials.
Today, and for the remainder of my visit, I will be hosted by Ms. Su Su Hlaing, principal of the Winning Security Company, community volunteer and trade and development expert. Today we are schedule to tour the Yangon Industrial Zone as well as a furniture manufacturing operation.
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Brit Fontenot | Director of Economic Development