Successful Project Kick-off to Improve Urban Services in Yangon City

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At the project kick-off mission held on August 19-24, 2018 in Yangon, Myanmar, CDIA formally set up the project preparation study (PPS) to help the city improve its urban resilience and liveability.

The PPS will support the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the proposed Yangon Urban Services Improvement Project (YUSIP) loan.

Two key sub-projects on water supply and sanitation have been identified as the focus of the PPS:

  • The replacement of the existing open raw water channel from the Ngamoeveik reservoir to the Nyaunghnapin water treatment plant (WTP) and onwards to the Aungtagon pumping station with dedicated raw water transmission pipelines; and
  • The construction of the first phase of a new separate sewerage system and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) serving five townships in zone W1 plus three townships in zone W2.

Over the course of the five-day mission, CDIA Program Manager, Neil Chadder and Youth Engagement and Innovation Specialist, Lee Lambert held several meetings with key YCDC management including Dr. Maung Maung Soe, the Mayor of Yangon and concurrently the Chairman of YCDC; YCDC Committee Members; and heads of department to introduce and formally kick-off the nine-month project.

Representatives from the ADB’s South East Asia Urban Development and Water Division (SEUW) and the CDIA’s technical consultants also joined the meetings. The mission team also participated in meetings with other development partners implementing projects in Yangon; and conducted various site visits of project infrastructure in and around Yangon with support from the YCDC Water and Sanitation Department.

As an additional project component, CDIA explored the scope for the integration of youth engagement activities to support the implementation of the PPS and the preparation of the capacity development component of the proposed ADB YUSIP loan. This follows a new CDIA directive to strive towards mainstreaming the engagement of young people in core CDIA businesses.

Overall, the mobilization mission was successful and well-received. The CDIA team will be returning to Yangon next month to conduct the Inception Workshop for the PPS with YCDC and ADB. CDIA looks forward to supporting the city of Yangon in its aspirations to improve urban resilience and livability for all of its residents.

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