An urban development training, implemented by the Ministry of Construction of Myanmar and SKL International, was recently launched in the country capital. This is the first joint programme between Sweden and the Myanmar Government.

On the 30-31 of May the SymbioCity Capacity Building Programme was launched in Naw Pyi Taw, Myanmar. This Capacity Building Programme is founded on a bilateral institutional co-operation agreement between SKL International and the Myanmar Ministry of Construction.

At the opening ceremony in the Myanmar capital, Ann Stödberg, Head of Development Cooperation at the Swedish Embassy Section Office in Yangon, declared that this is the first joint programme between Sweden and the Myanmar Government and emphasised that the programme will play an important role in fostering sustainable urban development in the country.

The Myanmar Director General of Housing and Urban Development also stated that the joint capacity building programme will help define the action plan for future development in Myanmar and local priorities linked to the UN’s New Urban Agenda.

During the second day of the launch, SKL International led a workshop with a large number of urban development stakeholders, raising key issues for Myanmar’s path towards a more sustainable urban development.

The SymbioCity Capacity Building Programme is a 3-year programme funded by Sida and implemented by SKL International and the Ministry of Construction. The programme is specifically designed to support the capacity building of sustainable and inclusive urban planning and development in Myanmar. It targets a critical mass of stakeholders at Union, State/Region and Township levels, building capacity through trainings, workshops and exposure visits. Using three targeted Townships in different parts of the country, the training will be structured around existing challenges and opportunities, and provide hands-on experiences of different approaches to urban planning, development and management.

The programme has the Urban Research and Development Institute (URDI) in Yangon as its implementation platform, with the intention of building capacity for long-term urban capacity building in Myanmar.