Myanmar opens Yangon Innovation Centre

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The Yangon Innovation Centre was opened in the compound of Health Port at the corner of Pansodan road and Strand road in Seikkan Township, Yangon Region of Myanmar on 17 July. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi  attended and delivered a speech at the opening ceremony.

In her opening remark, she pointed out  that innovation is emerging as a top priority during the period of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) of the developing countries across the areas from agriculture to education in their way to Industry 4.0.

She added that because of geographical advantages of the country, production green energy, and healthy organic fruits abundantly is an opportunity for the country. To become an agri-power nation through efficient and effective investments by applying technologies and innovations on the vacant cultivable lands need to have absolute self-confidence.

She told her unwavering belief that whether it is Industry 4.0 or any era and period, the most important resource is the people of Myanmar. No matter old or young, everybody is a valuable person needs to keep on working hard. The strength of youths is crucial for developing trend of the next generation.

And she recognized the young people of the country that she believed to have enough strength to keep abreast with the global people. And she spoke in honor of students from the University of Information Technology won second prize in the ASEAN Makerthon held in Malaysia and  the team of Myanmar students achieved the sixth rank in the First Global Challenge 2017 Robotic Competition. She told that Myanmar young people would be able to join hands actively in making the dream of the country come true if they received proper support and suitable guidance.

To be consistent with the developing world for the country, she pointed out three requirements. The first thing to do is the country-wise development of our education system. The second requirement is to modernize the vocational education system in the country. The third matter is to support technology and innovation. In doing so, Yangon Innovation Centre is the first initiative in this process.

She hopes that like similar innovation centres in neighbor countries, the Yangon Innovation Centre will support potential and capable young people across the country who lack access to and experience in an innovative atmosphere. It is expected at the centre to obtain bilateral support and relations of experts, designers, computer programmers, accountants, economists, investors, technicians, researchers, and investors. It is hoped the center would become the breeding ground of techno-based businesses of Myanmar young people and more innovations.She hopes that hey could invent some products for the digital market and they could try to set up a new business venture. More citizen entrepreneurs will surely come out.

Moreover, the State Counsellor believed that It is needed to support innovators as much as possible.  She also hopes the Yangon Innovation Centre could help develop new innovations for the country steadfastly. She also confirmed that the government will support with policies and arrangements as we cordially invite universities, research and renovation centres, partner-organizations, well-wishers and businesspersons at home and abroad to help in the creations of our young people. If the necessary contributions were received, Myanmar young people could get new ideas to produce new products, new forms of services and new job opportunities in the coming years.

Then, U Ravi, Chief Executive Officer of the Yangon Innovation Centre, and Ms Atriana Collini, Head of Programs from Seedstars Academy based in Switzerland explained about the programs of the centre.

Next, the French Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Christian Lechervy handed over the documents of the digital museum to Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung  Ko. The museum was built with the funds of The French embassy in Myanmar in the compound of the centre.

Yangon Innovation Centre was built by Switzerland-based Seedstars Academy under the supervision of Yangon region government. The centre will mainly support students and young people, and small and medium-scaled business firms with modern technologies and practices of innovations. It will also conduct training courses on business, management and entrepreneur skills while providing assistance for implementation. The technical assistance will emphasize on agriculture and livestock, education, health, and financial sectors to ensure substantial benefits in relation to the geographical advantages of Myanmar.

Moreover, over 20 technological companies in the area of technology, travel and business will hold workshops and conduct training courses for students from high school level to university level. The centre will become a hub for co-working space, supporting for business, organizing a three-month motivation program for investment, weekly talks, shows, contests and discussions.

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