September 12, 2016

World Bamboo Day to be celebrated for the first time in Myanmar

Bamboo products on display. Photo: Soe Win (MLA)
Bamboo products on display. Photo: Soe Win (MLA)

The first-ever celebration in Myanmar of World Bamboo Day, which will be held at the International Business Center (IBC) in Yangon on 18 September between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to the Myanmar Rattan and Bamboo Entrepreneurs’ Association.
The Myanmar Rattan and Bamboo Entrepreneurs’ Association and the Business Innovation Facility (BIF) Project sponsored by the Department for International Development (DFID) of Britain will organise the ceremony. Experts, bamboo entrepreneurs, authors, growers, exporters, and bamboo handicraft makers  including Ms. Carmelita from Europe, Ms. Rebecca Reubens from India, Jon Patric Kinzer from American and Mr. Arief Rabik from Indonesia and Ms. Diep My Hanh from Viet Nam will attend the event.
Foreign companies will sell machines for the bamboo industry, bamboo furniture and books with contents of bamboo at the event.
The event will feature a talk on bamboo growing, the bamboo industry, bamboo productions, prices and information of international bamboo markets, and data exchanging. Two external and two internal experts will read out four research papers, and in the evening there will be idea exchange sessions.
Chairman U Kyaw Thu of the Bamboo Entrepreneurs’ Association said his organisation has arranged to observe World Bamboo Day every year in Myanmar. He added that bamboo should become a forest product alternative to wood. — Soe Win (MLA)


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