On January 19th the Myanmar Project Management Center (MPC) hosted the 2nd Myanmar Project Management Symposium at the Lotte Hotel Yangon. The event brought together over 400 attendees for opportunities to learn, network, and build a common vision. With 10 speakers and a panel of 4 industry leaders, the symposium revealed insights into best practices, innovative approaches, and creative concepts for change.

Themed with the idea “Myanmar 2020 Vision: Ensuring Project Success in the Next Decade,” the 2nd Myanmar Project Management Symposium looked back at the challenges of recent years in order to look forward to a clear path to success.

Ms. Pyit Thiri Thaw, Founder & Managing Director of Myanmar Certified Training Centers, the parent company of MPC, welcomed guests to the event by reflecting on the challenge of the symposium itself. As a pioneer in the educations industry of Myanmar, Pyit Thiri Thaw led the first project management symposium in Myanmar in 2018 when she invited the project management community to bring Myanmar to the next level. This year she pushed for deeper learning.

The opening speech continued the message of reflection and vision as Dr. Anna Sui Hluan, Second Lady of Myanmar, challenged leaders, delegates, and speakers alike to share a common vision, to inspire, and to grow. A proponent of education and community building, Dr. Anna Sui Hluan’s support of the symposium demonstrated a sense of unity in the push for the project management community to move forward for the benefit of the nation.

In order to keep energy soaring and mind learning, trainers from Training Ground led ballroom in fun and invigorating warm-ups.

With the delegates energized and ready for the day ahead, the morning session of the symposium invited top executives U Myint Zaw (AYA Bank), Mr. Lee Leong Seng (Surbana Jurong), and U Zeya Thura Mon (RGA + Z&A Groups) to present their lessons learned and their insights into the needs of Myanmar’s business community.

Attendees continued their professional development into the afternoon while reflecting on our teams and our industries. An industry panel made up of U Kyaw Zaw Wai (Myanmar Thilawa SEZ Holdings), Daw May Myat Thu (AYA Bank), U Myo Min Thu (AYA SOMPO), and U Ye Myat Thu (Alpha Computer) was led by U Thaung Su Nyein (Information Matrix Co.) in a review of their challenges and changes over their career while also asking them share their vision for the future of their industries and the country. Mr. Phillip Kristian Diekhöner (OxytocinGroup) and Mr. Nick Jonsson (EGN) asked project managers to reflect on trust and isolation respectively, understanding that project success depends on people and people depend on each other.

Inspiration was the theme of the final set of speakers. Mr. Carsten Ley (Asia PMO) asked project managers to give stronger consideration to customers and key results, Mr. Alex Aung Khant (Urbanize) had the audience rethink the power and potential of the youth in the success of the future, and Mr. Mike Phone Myint demonstrated that people should be the center of digital transformation. The final speaker, Mr. Fredrik Haren, author of The Idea Book, inspired all in attendance to be creative, promote creativity in their workplace, and build new ideas from old ones.

The 2nd Myanmar Project Management Symposium was sponsored by AYA SOMPO, AYA Bank, Surbana Jurong, OxytocinGroup, BIM Group of Companies, Zarni Quality Product, MTSH, Isuzu by MSP Motors, Aung Thamardi Gold & Jewelry, and Krispy Kreme. The event was also made possible with the support of 7 association & chamber partners and 3 media partners.

As Ms. Pyit Thiri Thaw closed the Myanmar Project Management Center’s 2nd symposium, she thanked her supporters, friends, colleagues, and peers for their contribution to the project management community and expressed her sincerest wishes to see them next year for the 3rd Myanmar Project Management Symposium.