While many nations are utilizing technologies to develop smart cities, Myanmar is pushing for urbanization development. During the 32nd ASEAN Summit, 26 cities from the 10 ASEAN countries were proposed to pilot ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) - this include Myanmar’s largest cities Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. ASCN aims to foster collaboration among the ASEAN members to achieve the common goal of developing smart and sustainable urban development integrated with technology. Realizing the vision of urban development, digital technology could serve as an enabler to improve standards of living and resolve urbanization issues where access to basic infrastructure and public services is still a challenge.
Below is a summary of Myanmar’s government efforts in developing urbanization projects, special economic and industrial zones and infrastructure in these 3 cities.
Yangon population is forecasted to reach 10 million in the next ten years. Urban development projects had been mapped out in the city and Yangon’s government is inviting investment in master plans from local and international entrepreneurs. Industrial zones, new towns and railway stations will be established as part of the plan. The city vision is to be an international hub with well-managed infrastructure and good governance. The projects are estimated to cost US$2.6 billion and infrastructure development spending is estimated to be US$1.802 billion.
(Source: Myanmar Times, 2018)
With urbanization, challenges such as air and water pollution, congestions and terrorism may arise. Many cities in Southeast Asia have attempted to integrate smart technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics and Sensors to solve these issues. Technology is an indispensable force for Myanmar to realize their urbanization plan which creates opportunities for technology solutions providers to extend their services to this new market. In improving water access, IoT sensors could be used to report and collect data in real time to monitor water leakages from supply system, a project that has been implemented successfully in the Philippines with Maynilad Water and can be useful to Myanmar too. Likewise, automated garbage trucks which are part of the smart city solution for Jakarta could also be adopted to improve waste management in Myanmar.
With Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw part of the ASEAN Smart Cities Network, technology collaboration may help these cities accelerate its digital vision. At our 27th Edition of Asia IoT Business Platform on 15 & 16 November 2018 at Sedona Hotel Yangon, we will be sharing international case studies from Thailand, Philippines & Malaysia.
Soe Thein, Director General, Post and Telecommunications Department, Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) and Khin Maung Cho, Minister, Ministry of Industry will also be sharing more Myanmar’s Digital Economy vision.
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