The visit of their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway

On the occasion of the State Visit of their Majesties to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, on 2 December 2014 visited the GEGG Center of Excellence for Greening, CoE-G, Inaugurated and Unveiled the two marble Plaques for the Co-E-G and the AIGE (ASEAN Institute for Green Economy). Their Majesties were joined by Myanmar Union Ministers H.E U Wunna Maung Lwin (Minister for Foreign Affairs); H.E U Win Tun (Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry); H.E Dr. U Ko Ko Oo (Minster for Science and Technology); H.E U Myint Swe ( Chief Minister Yangon Region); H.E. Ms. Monica Mæland, Minister for Trade & Industry Norway, H.E Kare Fostervould (Deputy Minister, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy Norway); H.E Lars Anders Kunde ( Deputy Minister, Ministry of Climate and Environment Norway); H.E Ambassador Ann Ollestad (Ambassador of Norway to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar); H.E Gry MØLLESKOG (His Majesty The King’s Chief of Staff) Their Majesties were greeted on arrival with Myanmar traditional music Seidaw for Entrance of Kings The invitation to the Inauguration and Unveiling Ceremony is shown in December Update Attachment 1.1; the Programme for the visit is in Attachment 1.2 and photographs of Their Majesties visit are in here.

RENNOVATIONS AND ADDITIONS STATUS

During the past three months there were intensive and extensive renovations of as well as additions to the GEGG CoE-G buildings and premises.

THE EMERGING SYMBIOTIC FACILITY OF GEGG FOR PROMOTING GREENING POLICIES AND PRACTICES.

The Institutional and Organizational Structure; a unique partnership GEGG Myanmar: Green Economy Green Growth Myanmar (not for profit) Association Approved by Government on 5 October 2012, Registered with Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development as a not –for profit Association. The Association is Governed by Myanmar Company Act under Article 2, with Registration 2765 / 2012-2013 (4-10-2013) It is a Professional not-for-profit, non-political, catalytic and enabling Association that encourage and support sustainable , resilient, smart, inclusive and equitable green economy green growth. The Association fosters national and international partnerships and mobilize knowledge and resources to support the programmes and projects in Myanmar and ASEAN countries. Annual GEGG Forums are organized, where ideas, knowledge and experience are shared and exchanged. Cooperation are also fostered and facilitated amongst and between national, international, public, private, academia, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. The website provides information on the past three Forums and preparations for the Fourth. www.geggmyanmar.org CoE-G, Center of Excellence for Greening that promotes, enable, build capacity, train, and demonstrates hands-on application of green technologies, materials and management practices. It aspires to be the greenest, most sustainable, resilient, and smart Transformational Hall supported by the adjacent Translational Clinic AIGE ASEAN Institute for Green Economy was inaugurated on 12 November 2014 at the First Plenary Session of the 25th ASEAN Summit Chaired by H.E U Thein Sein, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and ASEAN Chair. AIGE hosted by and located at the GEGG CoE-G, shall serve as a center of excellence to encourage, catalyze, demonstrate, build capacity and promote policies and practices to address green economy and green growth opportunities for increasing and improving sustainable development, conservation and efficient use of natural resources, including in particular energy, water and biodiversity, and transition to low carbon that will address climate change. It will aim to enhance awareness programs on green technologies and management practices, and collaborate with ASEAN Member States in research and knowledge sharing on green technologies and management practices including joint research, education and training.

The Expanding Partners

MSTRD Myanmar Scientific and Technological Research Department, Ministry of Science and Technology. MSTRD occupying 33 acres of land was founded in 1947 as State Industrial Research Institute, SIRI. To extend and reorganize SIRI in 1955, the Union of Burma Applied Research Institute, (UBARI) was enacted. And in 1996, the Ministry of Science of Science and Technology, MOST was established and MSTRD was formed. It has ten Research Departments that includes Applied Chemistry, Pharmaceutical, Food technology, Polymer, metallurgy, Ceramic, Physics & Engineering. There are six Technical Services Department: Analysis, Standards, Information, Mechanics, Workshop and Administration. MSTRD carries out scientific and technological R&D for the industrial, economic, social development of the country to raise living standards of the people. MSTRD is also responsible for research, training and technology transfer of Renewable Energy. In the near future, there will be more renowned national and international partners from public, private, research, academia and inter-governmental and non-governmental community based organizations

The Emerging Symbiotic Facility and Assets for promoting greening policies and practices.

The institutional support at the highest levels of Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar; the provision by the Myanmar Ministry of Science and Technology of 3.3 acres of Yangon prime land with two large buildings, extensively renovated by the munificent support of the Government of Norway; and Yangon City Development Corporation, YCDC; Tun Foundation; Myanmar Computer Center ; Environment and Economics Research Institute; Yangon Media Group; SkyNet; Siam Cement Group; Philips Lighting ; DNV-GL; Elkem Solar; Eltek; Multi Consult, Solar World, Krislite; the visit of Their Majesties King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway; the hosting of the ASEAN Institute for Green Economy, AIGE , the proven three annual GEGG Forums, have all converged to significantly establish the building blocks for an unprecedented symbiotic facility to fast track greening in Myanmar and in ASEAN countries. The Phase 1 integrated assets currently include:

  • A 400 persons seated capacity Transformational Hall for training, education , capacity building, demonstrations, expositions
  • A Translational Clinic , with mezzanine offices to host the ASEAN Institute for Green Economy, AIGE, and a few of our core internationally renowned partners; as well as five ground level clinics for our partners to optimize the performance of their technologies and management practices for enhanced application in Myanmar
  • A pv solar roof car park that demonstrates the capture of solar energy, its battery storage and distribution through a mezzo grid, that have significant potentials in expanding renewable energy use, rural electrification and development.
  • The Pyat-that, an 11thCentaury Myanmar Royal tradition pavilion, with its multi-tiered roof for cooling and ventilation
  • An open-space amphitheater
  • An urban natural ecosystem , with indigenous trees, flowers, meadows, etc. that will emphasize the symbiosis between natural and built systems

Conceptualizing and planning for Phase 2 in 2015 have evolved and expanded considerably. Renovations in the existing facilities will continue, e.g installing rain water harvesting, waste streams collection, treatment, recycling and reuse. Phase 2 expansion in 2015 provisionally includes three new structures. One would incorporate cutting – edge greening innovations in science, technology, engineering, building materials and management practices. The other two will draw upon the rich traditional knowledge, wisdom and practices that are in harmony with the environment and incorporates sustainable stewardship and use of natural resources in Myanmar and in ASEAN countries. The GEGG Myanmar (not for profit) Association now have and soon have more assets to contribute to promote greening policies and practices in Myanmar and in ASEAN countries with the objective to catalyze and enable paradigm change towards a more sustainable, resilient, smart, safe, inclusive and equitable future. The provisional Master Plan for the Symbiotic Greening Facility is illustrated in here: gegg-coe-g

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