Discussion on draft bill for Urban and Regional Development Planning

12 June 2019

Yangon School of Political Sciences organized the discussion on draft bill for Urban and Regional Development Planning, Myanmar. The event took place at Park Royal Hotel, Yangon on June 9th, 2019.

The discussion was joined by U Htin Myaing, Deputy Director (Retired) of Department of Urban and Housing Development, Ministry of Construction; U Toe Aung, Deputy Director of Urban Planning, Yangon City Development Committee; U Aung Khant, Executive Director of Urbanize: Policy Institute for Urban and Regional Planning and U Aung Tun, Researcher.

Yangon School of Political Sciences has been organizing this kind of political talk on wide range of topics. This time, they invited different personnel from different backgrounds and stakeholders to share their thoughts on urban and regional development planning draft bill.

U Aung Khant, Executive Director of Urbanize: Policy Institute for Urban and Regional Planning shared his personal feedback on the discussion.

“Today here sharing on behalf of the urban expert community as a technician on urban planning, specifically because this is a technical issue to discuss here, one of the projects is really getting the feedback of the people, having many voices and stakeholders shared what is sensitive and very important bill for the future of development of Myanmar.”

“As you all know, Myanmar is divided into townships and regions and regional Hluttaws, regional governments etc. So by empowering the local authorities with the tool for development, I think we can strive for better change in Myanmar and effective change that is not taking too long that is rather in the interest of local voices and local authorities.”

One of the discussants, U Htin Myaing, Deputy Director (Retired) of Department of Urban and Housing Development, Ministry of Construction also expressed that balance development is the main priority when doing the draft bill for urban and regional development planning. On the other hand, the community is very important, especially in the housing sector.

U Myo Aung Htwe, Project Manager of Yangon School of Political Sciences said, everything discussed here would be presented to the Hluttaw for implementation of policy in the government level. 

LOOM