In conjunction with the visit of State Secretary Ingela Bendrot, Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications.
Business Sweden, in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok and the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy, and Communications invites you to participate in the Swedish Urban Transport Delegation to Myanmar and Thailand.
The business delegation to Myanmar is a follow up on the visit of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Minister for Trade, Dr. Ewa Björling to Myanmar in November 2012 and the Infrastructure Business Delegation in June 2013.
Myanmar’s transport system network is inadequate with poor condition of roads, railways, buses and trains. The Myanmar government has recently initiated several projects to build and upgrade roads, bridges, railways, port facilities, and airports. Improving public transport in the country’s largest city Yangon is one of the key aims for the Regional Government and a comprehensive long term urban plan for the Yangon area is under development. More buses and better planned routes are needed.
The existing circular railway system is in poor condition and has a low utilization rate. Yangon is currently discussing Build-Own-Transfer solutions with several foreign companies to develop and upgrade the railway system. A rapid increase in road vehicles during the past few years has also lead to severe congestion problems in downtown Yangon and the city is in urgent need of long term traffic planning and traffic management solutions.
The business delegation to Thailand is a follow-up on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and five ministers’ visit to Sweden in March 2013. During this visit the concept of Symbiocity, which is a platform of Swedish know-how and technology in urban infrastructure, was introduced. Prime Minister Yingluck invited Sweden to invest in Thailand’s logistics and regional transport system. Mr. Kittirat, the Minister for Finance, was especially interested in solutions with low fuel costs or using alternative fuels.
The government’s ambition is to become the logistic hub of ASEAN and it has recently initiated a major infrastructure project worth 420 billion SEK to integrate different transportation systems (road, rail, air, and water) to gain synergy, efficiency and maximum utilisation. The project is expected to reduce logistic costs of goods from currently 18 %to 10 %.
Traffic congestion and poor integration of public transport systems is an issue in Bangkok. Currently BMTA (Bangkok Mass Transit Authority) is in a process of purchasing 3 000 new environmental-friendly and energy-efficient buses for the Bangkok area. More mass transit lines are required.
With increased tourism to Thailand, airports in Bangkok are expected to spend more than10 billion SEK over the next five years to increase passenger capacity.
Expressways to connect major cities and rail lines to link Bangkok with major provinces and neighbouring countries are planned.
If you are interested, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
David Lantz, Business Sweden, Asean
P: +60 3 2166 2531 or
Iréne Enström, Business Sweden (Stockholm)
P: +468 588 660 30
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