Successful AIDF summit focuses on technology and partnerships

The 3rd annual Aid & Development Asia Summit was held in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on 14-15 June 2017. The two-day summit attracted high-profile participants from government, NGOs, businesses, UN organisations, donors and media and was heralded as  “enlightening” and “a wonderful opportunity”.

Following the success of the previous Summit at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, this year’s event – held at the Myanmar International Convention Centre 2 (MICC-2) - focused on current initiatives and latest trends around procurement, technology and innovation in Southeast Asia’s aid and development sector, with a focus on Myanmar.

The Summit featured 17 exhibitors showcasing cutting-edge products and services that support the progress of Sustainable Development Goals and help save lives of disaster victims. Amongst them were Procter & Gamble, HemoCue, NRS International, Okkar Thiri Co. Ltd., Aquatabs, B Medical Systems, Envirofit, Imerys, Toyota Gibraltar Stockholdings Ltd., Inmarsat, Dulas, GIZ and IIRR.

Day one offered an update on policies and regional programmes in food security, climate-smart agriculture, community resilience, disaster preparedness, infrastructure and education. The second day of the Summit was dedicated to technology innovations and best practice in data strategy and mobile-based initiatives in Myanmar, as well as building Asia’s capacity to meet health SDGs and deal with public health threats. 

Feedback to the event was incredibly positive:

“As well as the content of discussion, I could establish a wide variety of network with people from the various fields. Thank you for your invitation and providing such wonderful opportunity to ADB” - Hiroki Kasahara, Senior Financing Partnerships Specialist, Asian Development Bank

“The Aid & Development Asia Summit 2017 is very useful for us because it informative concerning the topics of aid and how to develop in one's field” - U Kyaw Larim, A.D. of Department of Planning, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Myanmar

“The discussions were very interesting and the new contacts from private sectors will improve our humanitarian responses in future. Thank you very much for organizing the forum” - Minn Naing Oo, Country Coordinator, Malteser International

“It was a pleasant and enlightening experience for me, and I believe, for many development workers who participated in it” - Sid Naing, Country Director, Marie Stopes

For highlights of the event visit: http://asia.aidforum.org/highlights/2017-highlights