On June 12 and 15, Green Lotus, Yangon City Development Committee and Mandalay City Development Committee, with the support (and the distinguished presence) of the canadian, UK and french embassies, and french companies (AREP, Bombardier, SNCF, Safege), organized two conferences in Yangon and Mandalay on public transportation.
The conferences gathered more than 200 participants to listen to local and international expertise on Myanmar two main cities and foreign cities.
In Yangon, after opening speeches from the Canadian and French embassies, YCDC and Green Lotus, the conference started with a presentation on urban mobility planning, by Dr. Toe Aung, Head of Urban Planning Department at YCDC.
After a general introduction on transport, by Clémence Bourlet, Green Lotus coordinator, Jean-Marc Brûlé, Green Lotus co-founder, presented the example of Paris region on transport policy and governance.
The construction company, Surbana, AREP and Bombardier gave presentations about the best transportation solution possible in Myanmar and the importance of including a sustainable transportation system in urban planning.
Testimonies from innovative ideas, such as the Yellow box by Myanmar Consumers Union, and the smartphone application to book taxis by Myantel, concluded the morning and afternoon sessions.
U Kyaw Lat also gave recommendations on urban planning in Yangon.
Find all the presentations below.
In Mandalay, the Mayor His Excellency U Aung Moung opened the session. Were present representatives from MCDC, Mandalay Region Government, and the conference was supported by His Excellency Chief Minister U Ye Myint.
After the conference, a working meeting took place with Mandalay Committee members, the Head of department of Traffic Police, the Ministry of Construction, AREP, Bombardier, Safege and Green Lotus team.
The key elements of this meeting are the need for education and road safety prevention, and the question of the cost for urban transport infrastructure. To this, AREP, Bombardier and Safege answered that BRT and light train are the cheapest solution. The priority in urban planning is to have a long-term view (also because making a good assessment takes time), that implies the choosing of a good business model, because a good transport system brings economic development to a city. Regarding the upgrade of the circular railway, the participants concluded that it is too soon to consider connecting all people from the suburbs a priority in Mandalay. But a boat line along the Irrawaddy river is a good idea.
After a very interesting working meeting, with expertise sharing and ideas exchanged, Green Lotus partners declared to be ready to help Yangon and Mandalay authorities to implement and improve their transport system in their urban planning.
Please find the authorized presentations below for download:
YANGON WITHOUT TRAFFIC JAM – June 12
MANDALAY WITHOUT TRAFFIC JAM – June 15