Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Tech University sees opportunities in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady Region

Taipei, June 24 (CNA) A local technology university leader agreed to put forth a proposal for implementing personnel training and other resources exchange projects with Myanmar's Ayeyarwady Region after a fruitful meeting with the region's trade and investment representative Tuesday.

With local birth rates declining, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) Vice President Lee Duu-jong said institutes of higher education in Taiwan are under pressure to find a market for their educational resources.

Myanmar's vast, untapped human resources that are needed to develop the Southeast Asian country's economy happen to offer a good opportunity for universities like Lee's to find a market value for its expertise, said Aung Pe Than, the visiting representative of Ayeyarwady Region Government.

Aung has been visiting Taiwan since June 19 seeking to expand not just his region's but also his whole country's trade and investment ties with Taiwan, a country that he said is "totally different from" China with which he has been dealing with for more than 20 years.

"Look at the way people here act, the polite way they talk, the clean streets, the tidy stores in which we shop...I think your country is totally different from China," he told CNA during an interview earlier in the day.

To Lee and other executives of the Taiwan technology university, Aung said he welcomes them to visit his country and see for themselves all potential areas for mutually beneficial cooperation programs which he said are definitely feasible as he was impressed by the university's record in producing high-achieving engineers and other professionals.

Lee agreed, saying he would soon present a concrete proposal for implementing different cooperation projects with Aung's region, a region of Myanmar occupying the delta of the Ayeyarwady River (Irrawaddy River), bordering Yangon Region to the east, and the Bay of Bengal to the south and west.

With a population of 6.5 million, Ayeyarwady is Myanmar's most populous region, but remains largely undeveloped. CNA has learned that the Myanmarese government has approved a "special development zone" in the region for Taiwanese capital and human resources investments.

Myanmar plans to "build a brand new city" at the "national" level in the proposed special zone for Taiwan that would include roads, factories, airport and sea ports and even a nuclear power plant, according to sources familiar with the project.

During his stay in Taiwan, Aung and his wife had visited officials, business people and Hsinchu Science Park. He is scheduled to round up his current tour of Taiwan Wednesday.

source: Focus Taiwan
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