SPICYN empowers talent development in Myanmar

SPIC Yunnan International Power Investment Co., Ltd. | Updated : 2023-09-15

Since its presence in Myanmar, SPIC Yunnan International Power Investment Co., Ltd. (SPICYN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of State Power Investment Corporation Limited (SPIC), has closely adhered to the development of green and low-carbon energy. It has supported Myanmar in achieving its 2030 National Electrification Plan (NEP). SPICYN has fully leveraged its technological and human resources in fostering Myanmar talents in a drive to demonstrate the fulfillment of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by Chinese enterprises in the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

SPICYN holds an award ceremony of the Ayeyawady River Hydropower Scholarship for outstanding and impoverished students in northern Myanmar. [Photo provided by SPICYN ]

Northern Myanmar's Kachin State lags behind other areas of the country in the overall educational level because of economic backwardness. During their home visits, staff workers of SPICYN found that a large number of local children drop out of school and that many young people are unemployed

Therefore, SPICYN set up the Ayeyawady River Hydropower Scholarship in January 2013 to award outstanding students and assist disadvantaged students in the completion of their academic studies. As of this September, a total of 958 eligible students have received financial aid from the scholarship. The integrated development of residential communities, schools and SPICYN was promoted.

More specifically, SPICYN has invited local educational training institutions to hold diverse technical training for 167 Myanmar people, such as cooking skills, architectural and carpenter craftsmanship, etc. And also built "SPIC Mini-Library" in residential communities of relocated people to disseminate scientific and academic knowledge.

SPICYN donates daily necessities to Myanmar orphans in a shelter center. [Photo provided by SPICYN ]

The clashes and wars in Kachin State has led to the displacement of over 100,000 people, including thousands of orphans and children without support and care. Staff workers of SPICYN thus have raised donations by themselves and kicked off the "Sunflower Love Foundation" to provide children in orphanages and shelter centers with basic daily necessities like rice and edible oil, help them renovate schools and further improve the well-being of orphans and displaced children.

In October 2013, the Chipwi Nge Hydropower Station, which was built by SPICYN in Myanmar, came into operation and brought light to thousands of Myanmar families. However, the availability of electricity at home has given rise to a lot of fire accidents because of the overload of power strips and the failure to switch off the power after use.

A university student attends an internship program in Chipwi Nge Hydropower Station. [Photo provided by SPICYN]

Therefore, SPICYN has invited government officials, the public, students and media workers to visit the Chipwi Nge Hydropower Station, helping them have a deeper understanding of electricity and electrical safety.

The company has also forged a partnership with Mawlamyine Technological University and Myitkyina Technological University over the cultivation of hydropower talents and the building of the Chipwi Nge Hydropower Station into a leading internship and training base for electric power in northern Myanmar.

Up till now, the Chipwi Nge Hydropower Station has had 52 local employees, which account for 87 percent of the total workforce. The station has been visited by 42 Myanmar delegations and fostered 32 talents for Myanmar's Ministry of Electrical Power (MOEP). Twenty-one of them has been promoted to the director in charge of other power stations across Myanmar.

SPICYN holds a training session on electricity safety for Myanmar students. [Photo provided by SPICYN]

What's more, SPICYN has conducted 37 training sessions over electrical safety with the participation of over 5,000 people in residential communities and schools. It promoted the cultivation of electrical safety volunteers for local communities, winning a high acclaim from the Myanmar people.

To help Myanmar nurture more talents in electrical engineering, SPICYN has recommended 17 outstanding Myanmar employees and outstanding ethnic minorities students to study at Hohai University and pursue master's degrees in water resource management, hydropower engineering, environmental sciences and engineering.

Since 2016, SPICYN has supported the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar to build four China-Myanmar friendship schools in Kachin State. These China-funded schools have provided over 4,000 high school students and youths of ethnic minorities in Myitkyina area with Chinese language training, making the learning of Chinese language and traditional Chinese culture a prevailing trend among local people.

In the years ahead, SPICYN will continually do its utmost to help Myanmar foster its talents, facilitate economic development, improve public wellbeing, and follow the China-proposed Global Development Initiative with tangible actions.

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