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Gov’t to Develop Chemical Industries at Home

A Myanmar industrial official has called for developing chemical industries in the country, especially petrochemical industry, saying that the country has potential for such large-scale undertakings.

Myanmar has no large chemical factory or multinational enterprises so far due to its lack of investment and technical know-how.

Addressing the 8th Regional Chemical Management Forum in Yangon, U Ye Mon, managing director of the Paper and Home Utility Industries of the Ministry of Industry, stressed the need for investment, technology exchange, standardisation of procedures and chemical management for the development of petrochemical industry in Myanmar.

The three-day forum, hosted by Myanmar for the first time, was organised by the Swedish Chemical Agency KEMI and was participated by delegates from Sweden, Japan, China, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

The forum discussed specific chemicals management issues to regional countries.

The government enacted Prevention of Hazard from Chemicals and Related Substances Law in August 2013 and has a plan to declare the notification of hazardous chemicals as a following up action.

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