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Establish skilled workforce through effective training programme at Myanmar Training Development Expo 2016

Singapore, 14 July 2016 – The inaugural Myanmar Training Development Expo (MTDE), jointly organised by Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd (a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings) and Singapore Business Federation (SBF), aims to provide a comprehensive platform to showcase the industry’s best practices and solutions to meet the growing educational, training and development demands, as well as to improve the labour productivity within the Myanmar workforce. Supported by knowledge partner Singapore Training & Development Association (STADA) and industry partners Strategic Association Professional Training-Consulting Organisations (SAPTCO) and Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI), MTDE will be held from 14 to 16 July 2016 at the Tatmadaw Exhibition Hall. 

MTDE 2016 is supported by government agencies, local, regional trade associations and stakeholders including International Enterprise (IE Singapore), Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF), Myanmar Hospitality Professional Association (MHPA), Myanmar Hotelier Association (MHA), Myanmar Retailers Association (MMRA), Myanmar Restaurant Association (MRA), Myanmar Tour Guides Association (MTGA), National Skills Standards Authority (NSSA), Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA), The Association of Thai Software of Thai Industry (ATSI), Consult-Myanmar and Personnel Management Association of Thailand (PMAT).

Targeted at policy makers, HR practitioners, service providers and business decision makers, MTDE2016 aims to showcase a wide spectrum of products and services that focus on vocational training & consultancy services, academic programmes and digital technology solutions. It targets all age groups in two identified growth industries – travel & tourism and retail.
The exhibition covers 2,000 sqm with more than 100 exhibiting brands from over six participating countries such as Australia, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Switzerland and many more. Over 2,000 trade visitors from Myanmar and around the region are expected to visit the trade fair to establish new business partnerships, network and engage potential joint-venture partners, agents and distributors with over 60 exhibiting companies across the training and development sector.

Refining service quality and raising national standards through life-long learning

Developing Myanmar’s knowledge economy is key to the country’s economic development as the government recognises the need to train and develop its future workforce. The government has made reforms of the entire higher education system a priority, further highlighting the importance of human capital to the country’s economic development progress. Myanmar’s focus on vocational and technical training will provide opportunities to educational firms which are able to narrow the country’s immediate skills gap.  

Capitalising on this opportunity, MTDE2016 will gather local and regional exhibitors to tap on the high growth and multi sectorial human capital development and vocational training within Myanmar’s hospitality, retail, tourism and IT solution sectors. This expo not only targets at young employees who are eager to improve their employability and job prospects, but also employers who are keen to upgrade their management expertise as part of staff retention. 

Singapore will host one of the largest pavilion covering 300sqm and they will be sharing the best practices through a three-day learning corner to the trade professionals who have expressed interest to attend the seminar. Notable Singapore companies in the Pavilion include A+B Edu Tours and Travel Pte. Ltd., Accord Business Solutions Pte. Ltd., Amity Global Business School Pte. Ltd., Ascendo Consulting Pte. Ltd., Asretec Pte. Ltd., Avanta Global Pte. Ltd., Bensyl Consultancy Services Pte Ltd, Bole Business Services Pte. Ltd., Brief Academy Pte. Ltd., CET Global Pte Ltd, Chef At Work Pte. Ltd., ESIS Academy Pte. Ltd., Excelforth Consultancy (s) Pte. Ltd., Gateway Education, George Keen Lee Equipment Pte Ltd, Global Indian International School Pte. Ltd., James Cook University Singapore, Kaplan Singapore, KBA Training Centre Pte. Ltd., Learners Hub Pte. Ltd., Lithan Academy Pte. Ltd., London School of Business & Finance Pte. Ltd., Metanoia Intervention LLP, Pegasus Education Group Pte. Ltd., PSB Academy, SIM Global Education, Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI), Singapore Institute of Management Pte. Ltd., Wong Fong Academy Pte. Ltd., Xprienz Pte. Ltd. and Your Safety Partner Pte. Ltd.

Mr Ho Meng Kit, CEO of SBF said: “As Myanmar develops, demand will grow, particularly in areas such as tourism, education, finance and urban solutions. The inaugural MTDE, bringing together a broad and strong mix of Singapore businesses, is timely and offers an ideal platform for businesses from Singapore and Myanmar to interact and share their experience and knowledge. Our SBF National Business Survey 2015/16 has also showed that Myanmar is the most popular market for Singapore companies venturing overseas. Myanmar’s development efforts will offer a wealth of opportunities for Singapore companies to contribute to the country.”

Ms Linda Lee, Executive Director, George Keen Lee Equipment Private Limited (GKL), said: “With 41 years of business excellence, GKL Equipment Private Limited’s presence in Myanmar has been encouraging. GKL has strong proven soft skill solutions that I believe MTDE will be the best platform for GKL to showcase her products to travel, hospitality and retail sector in Myanmar. In just three days, I will be able to interact with business decision makers from the industry and sharing of ideas about the current and future trends in educating, training & development for Myanmar workforce." 

With this curation, MTDE 2016 will provide trade visitors across the Travel, Hospitality and Retail industries a wide range of solutions and services to improve business productivity through effective learning and skills upgrading programmes. 

Mr Chua Wee Phong. Chairman of Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, said: “Sphere Exhibits is honoured to partner with SBF to launch Myanmar Training Development Expo (MTDE) 2016 this July; introduce a comprehensive training programme and solutions in Myanmar’s new blueprint for its educational system. This sets to introduce new learning methods through prioritising problem-solving and critical-thinking skills in the human capital sectors. Hence, we welcome the participating companies to continue to invest and addressing on Myanmar’s skills gap by providing the best practices in vocational training, consultancy, academic programmes and digital technologies in these blooming industries.” 

Other than the exhibition, there will be a series of interactive learning seminars and business meeting corner where the industry practitioners can participate in the interactive networking Meet and Greet Reception from1pm to 3pm daily with the exhibitors. More than 200 association members are expected to attend these sessions where potential contracting and partnership opportunities will be discussed.

Transforming businesses with the understanding of fundamental learning and internship opportunities

The trade show offers three days of networking, thought leadership, industry collaboration and sharing of ideas about the current and future educational and training & development trends in Myanmar.

Learning Corner
Attendees will maximise and strengthen their skillsets through effective learning. Over 20 free learning sessions presented by the exhibitors on the latest training methods, learning tips and other soft skills available to improve on self-development and remain relevance in these growing industries.

Growing Organisation and Developing Self
A half day seminar to be presented by Singapore Training and Development Association (STADA) on 14 July. STADA will present an effective learning platform on developing organisations starting with developing people. This seminar focuses on corporate values, relationships, product and service delivery processes and systems.

The Evolution of HR in Myanmar
A full day seminar on Human Capital to be presented by Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI) on 15 July. SHRI and the Myanmar Society for Human Resource (MSHRM) have lined up experienced local and regional workforce management practitioners who will provide insightful information on the evolution of human resource management in Myanmar. Delegates will go through a series of case studies, best practices and technical knowledge that enable the creation and implementation of successful HR and business practices. 

Internship Programme
To further develop the interests of the young talents in Myanmar to seek a career in the hospitality industries, presenters from Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF), Myanmar Hospitality Professional Association (MHPA), Myanmar Hotelier Association (MHA), Myanmar Restaurant Association (MRA), Myanmar Retailers Association (MMRA) and Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA) will conduct a half day seminar for students and lesser-skilled workers. Emphasising the importance of internship to potential interns and their parents before entering into the work force in future, parents and students will have better understanding of the working environments where their children will be working in the near future.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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For media enquiries, please contact:
Ariel Tan
Senior Manager, Trade Marketing
Sphere Exhibits
DID: (65) 6590 3414

Vanni Cheong
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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Randall Tan 
Senior Manager, Corporate Communication
Singapore Business Federation
DID: (65) 6827 0255

About Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd

A wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for "SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions", aims to be the leading events company catering to a diverse mix of trade and consumer clientele. Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH's comprehensive range of media platforms, Sphere Exhibits’ shows, events and exhibitions centre on unique concepts that attract local audiences and regional participants. Among the 20 Sphere Exhibits' events are The IT Show, COMEX, Licence2Play, Asian Masters and Kidz Academy. Leveraging on its expertise in event conceptualisation, planning and execution, Sphere Exhibits delivers memorable and quality events that meet the objectives of its clientele and partners. For more information, please visit

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Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms, ranging from print, digital, radio and out-of-home media. 

SPH owns award-winning newspapers, magazines and best-selling books in both print and digital editions, as well as online classified businesses in the region. In addition, SPH has two English radio stations and one Chinese radio station, an out-of-home digital advertising unit, a regional events and conferences arm, and runs a chain of modern retail convenience stores. SPH also has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.

SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall. SPH's latest retail development is The Seletar Mall located in Sengkang. 

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