Industrial Seminar on Logistics & Warehouse Management in Myanmar” on 13th Oct 2017

Welcome Remarks By Amos Rao, SVP of Shenton Education Group, & GM of Shenton Institute of Applied Finance at the “Industrial Seminar on Logistics & Warehouse Management in Myanmar” on 13th Oct 2017, 2.30 PM held at Melia Hotel, Function Room 6, Yangon.

Distinguished Guests, Members of the Media, Ladies & Gentlemen,

Preamble
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1) A very good afternoon to all of you. On behalf of Shenton Education Group (SEG) Board of Management, it is my great pleasure and privilege to welcome each of you to Shenton Institute Of Applied Finance (SIAF)’s Industrial Seminar on Logistics & Warehouse Management in Myanmar.

2) SEG Chairman, Mr. Teng Cheong Thye requested me to express in my welcome remarks, our special thanks and gratitude to all our speakers, Captain U Aung Khin Myint, U Thu Yain Htut, U Han Sein and in particular U Myo Thu, Director, Myanmar Trade Promotion Organization, Ministry of Commerce, our Seminar Keynote Speaker for your presence.

3) I wish to give special thanks to our SIAF Marketing Team, in particular Ms. Khiang Su Su Thwe (Krystal), Ms. Kyi Phyu Myint Maung (Dhone), Ms. Eaint Myat Noe Khin (Noelle), Ms. Phyo Kalyar Naing & Lewis @ Zaw Thu Aung for their excellent organizing efforts, which without doubt, will contribute to the success of this seminar.

Purpose of Our Seminar
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4) Today’s Seminar will help you stay in touch with new concepts in the warehousing and logistics field. You will see how green techniques can be used successfully. You will learn how technologies work best for specific logsitics operations. You will also hear about how a robust logistics sector can help promote trade in Myanmar. Though this seminar cannot promise “quick fix” solutions to specific problems, the speakers today can offer you powerful ideas for planning logistics and managing your warehouse operations in Myanmar.

5) At this juncture, I would to like to remind the audience, that we have already crossed the threshold of the 4th industrial revolution. A typical theme during my discussions with logistics practitioneers, is that the acceleration of change and technological disruption, are hard to understand and these variables can a source of constant surprise, even for those within the logistics industry. Indeed, across all industries, there is clear evidence that the technologies that underpin the Fourth Industrial Revolution are having a major impact on organizations.

6) As such we have to understand the business contexts, demands and issues of the present and those coming out from the 4th industrial revolution. For instance, U Thu Yain Htut, Managing Director of Global Connect Asia Co., Ltd who will be speaking later on the topic of “Benefits of Implementing ERP For Logistics”.

After all, how many of us have came across face-to-face with a veteran ERP practitioner? For U Thu Yain Htut, contributions towards Myanmar IT and logistics sector, shall we give U Thu Yain Htut, a BIG round of applause? [Thank you].

Human Capital Development For Logistics Professionals
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7) In the “The Straits Times – Human Capital Development Roundtable Discussion” held in Singapore on 11th September 2017. Eight areas were identified, on how to develop human capital [1]:

1. Tapping on National Schemes
2. Identifying Training Principles
3. Gaining Overseas Exposure
4. Having Big Ideas
5. Equipping Employees
6. Working with Human Capital Professionals
7. Making Plans With Career Coaches, &
8. Learning without Stop

I will briefly cover just 3 areas. For example, having big ideas, is one thing, yet you need to direct your ideas and channel them towards positive outcomes. A good way to start is by embracing a cause, such as the green philosophy. Talking about the big idea of green philosophy, I would like to bring your attention to Captain U Aung Khin Myint, who will be speaking later on the topic of “Green Philosophy in Logistics & Warehouse Management”

Captain U Aung Khin Myint, is the Chairman of Myanmar International Freight Forwarders Association & Adjunct Lecturer of SIAF. He has decades of maritime & logistics experience behind him. For his contributions towards Myanmar’s maritime capacity and human capital development in logistics, shall we give Captain U Aung Khin Myint a BIG round of applause? [Thank you]

8) Next, to keep learning without stop in life, here’s the truth: People who get what they want, tend to be the ones who make the effort to know what they want. For instance, U Han Sein, Managing Director of Proem Co, Ltd & Adjunct Lecturer of SIAF, who will be speaking later on the topic of “Technological Breakthroughs In Warehouse Management Systems.”

U Han Sein enjoys learning. Do you know that, he picked up Tango dancing just 18 months ago. Guess what? Just last week, I caught an amazing glimpse of U Han Sein’s Tango dancing performance for his friend’s business promotional event. Do you know how elegant he danced? For someone who kept learning, be it in Tango or Technology, definitely knows what he wants. Shall we give U Han Sein a BIG round of applause? [Thank you].

9) The third area, to work with Human Capital Professionals, must be a joint-effort between the public and private sectors. For instance, the very presence of U Myo Thu, Director, Myanmar Trade Promotion Organization, Ministry of Commerce, as our keynote speaker is very significant. He will be speaking on the topic of “How our Logistics Sector can Contribute Towards Myanmar’s Trade Promotion (& Vice Versa)?”

It is always a great honor, to hear the insights from a Director from the Ministry of Commerce. Do you know that U Myo Thu is based in Naypyidaw and he made special efforts and arrangements to speak at this seminar? For his efforts, his contributions to Myanmar’s nation building and his willingness to work with Human Capital Professionals, such as Shenton Institute of Applied Finance (SIAF), shall we give U Myo Thu a BIG round of applause? [Thank you]

In Conclusion
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10) Last but not least, to all of you in this room. At the individual level, I just want to encourage you to have big ideas, to keep learning and to be extremely diligent. As such let’s give ourselves nothing but our VERY best, for Myanmar, our surrounding communities, our families, our friends and ourselves. Without further ado, let this seminar begin.

11) Thank you.

Reference:

[1] The Straits Times – Human Capital Development Roundtable Discussion (11 Sept 2017): Developing the local workforce: how to make it sustainable? [http://www.straitstimes.com/s…/8-ways-to-grow-human-capital… Accessed 06/09/2017