Monday 18 January 2016 saw the official launch of the Myanmar-Netherlands Water Challenge 2016 – a programme by a prominent group of companies and organisations from the Dutch water sector engaging students across Myanmar to develop solutions for the Ayeyarwady Delta. Royal HaskoningDHV is one of the programme’s lead partners.
Under the theme ’Smart Delta’, the program will engage university students across Myanmar with the challenges of sustainable delta development. Student teams will be encouraged to apply their own, original thinking to develop ideas and solutions for the Ayeyarwady Delta, supported by professional experts from Royal HaskoningDHV, Van Oord, Deltares, Arcadis and the Netherlands Embassy in Yangon.
The Myanmar-Netherlands Water Challenge 2016 was officially launched during a celebratory event at Yangon Technological University. Marten Hillen attended the event of behalf of Royal HaskoningDHV: “We are pleased to work with Myanmar’s highly motivated students to work on the country’s water challenges. This Water Challenge is a great opportunity to show students how exciting it is to work in the water sector. We look forward to growing our team of water professionals in Yangon.”
At the launch event an opening note on Myanmar-Netherlands Water cooperation was given by U Ko Ko Oo, Deputy Director General of the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR), Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport.
Deputy Director General International Cooperation, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Reina Buijs delivered a key note speech on capacity building in relation to water management and international cooperation.