Sustainable Urban Mobility in Yangon

On July 26th 2017, the “Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning” (SUMP) project partners organized the final conference of the project at Main Hall of Yangon City Hall.

The SUMP project supported Yangon in improving public transportation by building institutional technical capacities, creating a stronger strategic planning capacity, facilitating access to appropriate technologies and encouraging community participation in public decision-making.

The EU-funded SUMP project was led by Turin Municipality and implemented in consortium with Cesvi, Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), ITHACA, and the contribution of 5T, an Italian company offering information technology for mobility services.

The conference, on the occasion of which the outcomes of the project have been presented, was attended by the secretary of Yangon City Development Committee, YCDC committee members, European Union Delegation, Italian Embassy and Italian Cooperation, Local Authorities (Township Administration, YCDC Township Administration), Traffic Police Force, Yangon Regional Transport Authority, Myanmar Railways, CBOs from project townships, Private Companies, media and other interested people.

Cesvi was represented by Friedor Jeske, Coordinator of the Governance Sector, who reported the activities carried out, achievements and challenges in project implementation.

During the conference, Tonic Minds launched the Public Transport application “My Moby”: an android mobile application providing users with a full routing service of public transportation in Yangon, and allows authorities to gather data on citizens moving patterns, which leads to improved public transport planning.

In the final session of the conference participants, after having been informed about the activities implemented by the project, were able to debate with the Authorites about possible future pathways towards a more sustainable management of mobility in Yangon.

In a parallel event to the final conference, a “Mapping day” was implemented by SUMP project partners with the support of Phandeeyar and One Map. The topic was about uploading information on public transportation, street naming and public institutions to Open Street Map, a goal to be achieved with the support of voluntary mappers.


Photo: Yangon downtown at night. Credits Wikimedia Commons