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METI to Build a Network of Japanese Companies Interested in Business in Myanmar × Young Human Resources in the Area~METI to invite young human resources from Myanmar to hold presentations for Japanese companies~

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is to invite to Tokyo representatives of three teams that were the champions of a business competition held in Yangon in December 2015 and provide them an opportunity to present their business ideas and to network with Japanese companies and investors on February 15 (Mon.), 2016. For those who are interested in entering into Myanmar’s market such as representatives of companies, investors, financial institutions, and entrepreneurs, as well as those who are interested in projects for venture businesses or innovations in emerging markets, it is a unique opportunity that will enable participants to hear from and communicate with local people from Myanmar. Also, after the event, METI will continue to conduct follow-ups through an SNS page and group called NIN2 (NIppon New Network for INnovation) for networking among foreign human resources interested in Japan and Japanese companies.

1. Teams participating in the presentation of business ideas

On December 6, 2015, METI and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry (UMFCCI) held the final selection in Yangon, Myanmar and chose the following three champion teams from among the eight teams that won the preliminary selection.

(i) Star Ticket (team name: Star Ticket) (a service to reserve and purchase tickets)
(ii) Fresh (team name: MOEZAC-Fresh) (producing and selling new beverages)
(iii) School Job (team name: MIS) (a service regarding schools for vocational training and job hunting)
For details, see the Japanese language press release.

2. Date and venue

METI is looking forward to the participation of those interested in entering into Myanmar’s market such as representatives of companies, investors, financial institutions, and entrepreneurs and those interested in projects for venture businesses or innovations in emerging markets.

The presentations of business ideas are to be held on the following date:

Day: February 15 (Mon.), 2016
Time: From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (doors will open at 3:30 p.m. for reception)
Venue: DMM.makeAKIBA (see Appendix)
For further information, see the following Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/nin2.myanmar External Site Link

3. Further Background

To successfully participate in emerging markets, it is necessary to make good use of local human resources, understand the local needs and business opportunities, and provide appropriate services or products for such areas. Myanmar has many skilled human resources that are interested in Japan and Japanese companies, or “pro-Japan,” and the economy in Myanmar is expected to grow. However, the number of Japanese companies that have entered into Myanmar’s market is still limited. In response to this, METI held a business networking initiative in the form of a competition between teams that consist of human resources from Myanmar, including students that have studied in Japan and trainees that are interested in Japan or know Japan well. METI aims to subsequently discover young human resources that are “pro-Japan” and garner new points of view that are unique to local areas, and to build networks between such people, their ideas, and Japanese companies interested in business in Myanmar.

Participants from the business competition are disseminating their ideas and communicating through the SNS page NIN2, and Japanese companies are free to join. METI started NIN2 in July 2015 to promote networking and to connect people interested in Japanese businesses all over the world with Japanese companies. The purpose of these efforts is to support networking among human resources that have a particular interest in Japan and who understand both Japanese business customs and the local market so as to bolster communication with Japanese companies, in accordance with the Japan Revitalization Strategy, revised in 2014 (as of June 2014).

Release date

February 8, 2016

Division in charge

Technical Cooperation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau

Related Information

Regional Affairs / Myanmar

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