Water has been dubbed ‘the oil of the twenty first century’ as its scarcity is increasingly felt globally. Over the fifty years, the world’s population has increased more than two-and-half times to about 6.4 billion. At the same time, the demand for fresh water went up four times. According to the prediction of the Nations Environment Programme Report, at this rate, up to 7 billion people in sixty countries may suffer from water scarcity by year 2050. Without access to clean water, not only would public health being affected due to poor hygiene and sanitation, agricultural and industrial activities could get disrupted too.
Water resources in Southeast Asia are under strain from rapid urbanisation and industrialisation. The situation is made worse by water-related disasters, climate change and poor governance. In order to increase access to clean and safe water, implementation of a comprehensive water catchments management policy, backed by strong anti-pollution enforcement measures, sound management of water infrastructure, reinforcement on public education and engagement, programmes in reducing NRW, appropriate pricing of water, and last but not least development of new technologies are among importance measures.
The 2nd edition of Global Water Conference 2017 in Yangon held in conjunction with the Myanmar Sustainable Energy and Water Resources Management Week is set to provides an interactive platform for broad range of country and technical experts to converge and exchange ideas and yield useful lessons for policy-makers, business people, practitioners, NGOs and academia from the water and sanitation sectors; discuss on strategies and most applicable solutions in lifting the water and sanitation sectors in the region with specific focus on Myanmar. This summit is also designed to bridge collaboration and facilitate investment in the water and sanitation sectors in Southeast Asia.
Energy consumption has been the engine of economic growth and structural transformation. As developing country continues transforming into modern economy, there is a sharp uptick on energy. Energy, therefore, plays a crucial role at the early stages of a nation development.
Myanmar, under the Framework for Economic and Social Reforms, placed immediate priority on universal electrification in order to re-enter to the global markets. Evolving into a competitive export-oriented economy with modernising and scaling up electricity capacity requires greater foreign investment and infrastructure modernisation.
While funding and infrastructure are fundamental, guaranteeing access to modern forms of energy is not easy. The varied geography of Myanmar, from the mountainous states of Kachin and Shan to the beaches of Mon and Tanintharyi, complicates this further. While the development of off-grid alternatives is important for remote regions, large-scale grid expansion is necessary for Myanmar’s long-term development goals.
The hosting of the 5th edition of Myanmar Green Energy Summit in Yangon will once again converge the top notch of both local and international energy stakeholders to be updated on the development plans and policies in investing in Myanmar’s energy sector; to assess market opportunities and at the same time discuss strategies and implementation plans in achieving universal electrification by 2030.
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