SINGAPORE - The inaugural BuildTechYangon2014 (BuildTechYangon2014) was greeted with much enthusiasm from the Myanmar building and construction industry with 3,500 attendees attending the event held from 22 to 24 May 2014 at the Myanmar Convention Centre in Yangon. Organised by Sphere Exhibits, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings, BuildTechYangon2014 was jointly supported by IE Singapore and the Singapore Business Federation, as well as the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA) and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).
The building and construction trade show focuses on areas that addresses Myanmar's immediate needs like precast, pre fabrication, formworks and scaffolding which speed up project turnaround time and are critical in affordable housing and commercial high-rise building construction; and establish a broad foundation for growth such as building and construction machinery and equipment, building and construction materials, building and construction specific electrical and mechanical engineering, and facilities management.
Show highly appreciated by authorities and business leaders
Authorities and business leaders were clearly appreciative of the arrival of BuildTechYangon2014 as they see the show as a catalyst to further Myanmar's transformation.
At the opening ceremony of BuildTechYangon, the Guest-of-Honour, Mr U Myint Swe, Chief Minister, Yangon Region, said: "We have been building our country based on democratic principles in political, social and economical sphere to promote all round development of the nation. It is befitting to have this event at an international level in Myanmar where people are striving to build the nation."
Mr. U Tha Htay, President, MCEA, said: "BuildTechYangon will contribute significantly toward the development of the construction sector in Myanmar. In addition, it will also serve as a platform for companies seeking joint-venture partners, construction professionals and parties interested in construction and engineering business."
Mr. U Win Aung, Chairman, UMFCCI, applauded Sphere Exhibits for bridging Myanmar's private sector, the business community, its vast network of chambers and associations affiliated to UMFCCI, to Singapore companies and the region. He added that such connectivity sets the mark to the start of a fulfilling journey in meeting the needs of the private sector in the construction and engineering industries and businesses.
A well-received building and construction show
Being the first building and construction trade event of such magnitude to be held in Myanmar, BuildTechYangon2014 was the go-to show for companies looking to upgrade and pick up skills and technologies to compete for projects that come with the growth of Myanmar's economy.
120 exhibiting brands from China, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan were present on the trade floor. The atmosphere was exuberant as exhibitors closed many deals on the trade floor over the three trade days. Caterpillar, JCB Sales Asia Pacific, JPN Industrial Trading and Kobelco Cranes Southeast Asia sold units of their machines early in the show. The Ecoloo Group reported interest from the Myanmar government to explore how their products can be implemented across the country to build a sustainable and sewage free environment at tremendous cost savings.