The Seminar For Promoting Inland Water Transport In Myanmar

General information

Date: 7 March 2014
Time: 09:15 AM to 13:46AM
Venue: PARKROYAL Yangon (Yadanar Ballroom 1&2)
Number of participants: 142 persons


Objective of the Seminar:

Myanmar is expected to see a tremendous amount of increase in cargo traffic and consequential increased ship calls.  For sustainable development in the country where inland water transport plays a crucial role, effective transport system is indispensable and above all, a key issue is the effective operation of the Ayeyarwady, which constitutes core of inland water transport.

Accordingly, a seminar was organized to address issues of mutual interests, with focuses on the river transport, addressing issues on logistics and connectivity with land transport as well.

The seminar saw a variety of presentations by representatives of Myanmar and Japan from Government and private sectors.  Presentations by Myanmar part addressed current status and challenges in river transport and logistics, whereas Japanese presentations covered the following issues;

  1. Current status of coastal shipping in Japan, which is considered similar to river transport in Myanmar, with focuses on the Joint Ownership Shipbuilding Scheme;
  2. Logistics in Japan and ASEAN nations, outlining the legal framework and basic policies in Japan as well as basic policies in some ASEAN nations;
  3. Improvement in Inland transport facilities in Myanmar; and
  4. Challenges in river transport in Myanmar.


Opening Remark
Mr. Makoto Washizu, President of JITI
Keynote speech 1
His Excellency U Nyan Htun Aung, Union Minister, Ministry of Transport, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Keynote speech 2
His Excellency Mr. Mikio Numata, Ambassador of Japan
Presentation 1
“Current status on safe regulation of river transport in Myanmar”
U Zaw Myint Thein, Director, Shipping Division, Department of Marine Administration (DMA), Ministry of Transport (Presentation)
Presentation 2 & 3
“Current status on river transport and challenges in Myanmar”
- U Shein Yaw, Deputy General Manager, Inland Water Transport (IWT), Ministry of Transport (Presentation)
- U Sein Tun, Director, Research and Planning Department, Directorate of Water Resources and Improvements of River Systems (DWIR), Ministry of Transport (Presentation)
Presentation 4
“Current status on the logistics in Myanmar”
U Aung Khin Myint, Chairman, Myanmar International Freight Forwarders Association (MIFFA) (Presentation)
Presentation 5
“Logistics in Japan and ASEAN nations”
Mr. Tatsuyuki Kose, Director, International Logistics Division, Policy Bureau, Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) (bio) (Presentation)
Presentation 6
“Current status of coastal shipping in Japan”
Dr. Koichiro Tezuka, Professor, College of Economics, Nihon University (bio) (Presentation)
Presentation 7 & 8
“Current status and challenges of river transport in Myanmar”
- Mr. Takaaki Muroi, Manager, Oriental Consultants Co., LTD (bio) (Presentation)
(Brief explanation for the Feasibility Study on Inland Water Transport Facilities Improvement and Development Project)
- Mr. Shinichi Ishii, Senior consultant, Nomura Research Institute (bio) (Presentation)


Ministry of Transport (MOT), Department of Transport (DOT), Department of Marine Administration (DMA), Myanma Port Authority (MPA), Inland Water Transport (IWT), Diretorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR), Myanmar Maritime University (MMU)  (Ministry of Transport)
Road Transport Administrative Department (RTAD), Land Transport (LT)
(Ministry of Rail Transport)
Myanmar International Freight Forwarders’ Association (MIFFA), Myanmar Ship Owners’ Association, Coastal Voyage Ship Owners’ Association, Inland Waterways Vessels Owners’ Association (Private organizations)
MLIT, JICA, Embassy of Japan, logistic companies, trading companies, Construction companies and consulting firms  (Japanese participants)  etc.

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