ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံဆိုင္ရာျပင္သစ္သံအမတ္ၾကီး ဦးေဆာင္ေသာ စီးပြားေရးကိုယ္စားလွယ္ေတာ္အဖြဲ႔ ရွမ္းျပည္နယ္ျမိဳ႕ေတာ္ ေတာင္ၾကီးျမိဳ႕သို႔ သြားေရာက္
FRENCH AMBASSADOR AND COMPANIES LAID STRONG FOUNDATION FOR FRUITFUL COOPERATION IN THE SHAN STATE
On the 28th and 29th of September, H.E. Mr. Olivier Richard, Ambassador of France to Myanmar, led a delegation of 8 French companies to Taunggyi to promote trade and commercial relations between France and the Shan State, particularly in the Energy and Hotel sectors. Along with senior executives of AccorHotels, Artelia, Bioderma, Camusat, EDF, ENGIE, Razel-Bec, Tractebel, the delegation included representatives of the French Development Agency (AFD), the Economic Service of the French Embassy, the France-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFM) and the European Chamber of Commerce.
Over the two days that lasted the trade mission, the Ambassador insisted that “France is strongly committed to support the development of the whole of Myanmar and that holds true not only for major cities such as Yangon or Mandalay but also for strategic hubs such as Taunggyi.”
The presence of numerous Ministers around the Chief Minister during the Delegation’s first meeting and their availability to discuss individually with the French companies confirmed Shan State government’s willingness to work hand in hand with the private sector to support the sustainable development of Taunggyi and the Shan State.
The energy sector was clearly identified as a top priority. The discussion focused on the need to move forward with the signature of a MOA for PPP between EDF and the Ministry of Electricity and Energy for the development of the Shweli 3 hydropower project. The representative of Engie highlighted the hydropower potential of both Nam Pawn Chaung and Nam Thabet rivers and mentioned that its engineering subsidiary Tractebel has undertaken four feasibility studies in the Shan State. Razel-Bec emphasized its involvement in the ongoing execution of the underground works of the Upper Yeywa project. The expertise of the consulting and engineering firm Artelia in energy, water and infrastructure was underlined.
As for the hospitality sector, all actors agreed that the Group AccorHotels was a main partner of the Shan State in the sustainable development of tourism and the Chief Minister welcomed the opening of a new hotel at the end of the year. The local authorities expressed their interest for the expertise of Camusat, a leading Telecom infrastructure integrator. Bioderma mentioned its upcoming humanitarian mission in Ywama village, Inle Lake, and established fruitful contacts with local strategic players in the health sector.
The meeting of the Delegation with the local representatives of DICA and a large number of businessmen and businesswomen at the Southern Shan State Chamber of Commerce gave way to productive exchanges, which were further continued at the reception hosted by the Ambassador at the Royal Taunggyi Hotel. Future prosperous and long-lasting partnerships could stem from such exchanges as French companies are willing to expand their presence in the Shan State. A collaboration between the Southern Shan State Chamber of Commerce and the France-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce and Industry is considered.
U Aung Ko Win, Chairman of the KBZ group, hosted a diner for the Delegation after having first exchanged views on economic cooperation with the Ambassador during a private meeting. The performance of Shan dances allowed the members of the Delegation to appreciate the cultural diversity of this beautiful part of Myanmar. The Delegation also discovered with great interest KBZ Brighter Future Foundation’s project in the area designed to provide pure drinking water to poor neighbourhoods in Taunggyi.