Exchange of Notes concerning Grant Aid to Myanmar

May 26, 2013

    1. On May 26 (same date local time), Mr. Mikio Numata, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and Dr. Khin San Yee, Deputy Minister for National Planning and Economic Development of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, exchanged notes concerning grant aid for the following two projects in Naypyidaw, the capital city of Myanmar.
    2. The Project for Urgent Improvement of Water Supply in Yangon City (maximum 1.9 billion yen)

      (1) The water supply system in Yangon City has various problems such as water stoppage, low feed water pressure, and 50% water leakage due to the aging of the system and inappropriate management caused by budgetary deficit. At the same time, well-planned measures to respond to rapidly increasing demand for water supply has become an urgent task.

      (2) Nyaunghnapin Water Treatment Plant (Phase 1) Pumping Station, which supplies approximately 40% of the water supply of Yangon City (524,000 cubic meters / day), has a total of four pumps. However, due to breakdown, only two of them are currently working and they also may be broken down by groundwater spouts or other reasons at any time. Moreover, the main pipes for water supply in the city are also aging and water stoppage caused by water leakage or repair works therefore frequently occurs. At the same time, pipes for housing also cause water leakage due to aging and in some cases, when water leaks out, dirty water on the surface of the earth or underground is sucked into the water system by a pump. Therefore, improvement of the water supply system is an urgent task.

      (3) This project aims at improving water supply services through renovation of the water treatment plant and water pipes in Yangon City which urgently requires renovation. Through implementation of the project, improvement of stability in water supply in Yangon City and improvement of the living environment of citizens of Yangon City are expected.

    3. The Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (maximum 456 million yen)

      (1) The government of the President U Thein Sein, which was established in 2011, has been rapidly promoting various reforms including economic reforms. And development of excellent human resources who take charge of construction of the nation has become a very important issue.

      (2) This project aims at providing tuition and other expenses necessary for young administrative officers of Myanmar to study in Japan.

      (3) Through implementation of the project, it is expected that administrative officers, who will take charge of social/economic development of Myanmar, acquire specialized knowledge necessary for solving problems or policy planning in each field and to promote reforms and the economic development of Myanmar. They are also expected to contribute to the construction of mutual understanding and friendly relationship between Japan and Myanmar.

* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.