The “Secretariat Conservation Group” is the first Heritage Conservation Group; formed by a group of local and foreign expertise to restore the most majestic national treasure of Myanmar with its strong and rich historical, and cultural background which was commonly known as The Secretariat (Minister’s Office).
A team of highly skilled and experienced experts from Myanmar and overseas has been recruited, gathered, and trained in all aspects for this massive building restoration and preservation of the buildings. The team takes great pride for of the excellence in the workmanship and building skills during this past years in the restoration and preservation of this project.
Our team’s integrated cross-disciplinary approach ensures that the right people are matched with this historic renovation project, in the balancing act of intellectual rigor with real-world pragmatism.
The Secretariat Conservation Group passionately believe in protecting and maintaining the cultural and historical elements of old buildings, for both the present and future generations to enjoy, and this commitment is reflected in the quality of the craftsmanship from stonemasonry to carpentry, joinery to plastering skills of yesteryears.
We also believe that cultural heritage plays a very important role in the building of a strong, resilient, and sustainable society. The stories and places of our history are integral to that of our future too.
Occupying approximately 15.9 acres and having a built-up area of over 400,000 sqft, the Secretariat Yangon will form the new cultural epicenter of Yangon.
The Secretariat Conservation Group seeks to develop the building and its precincts for both the local and international audiences. In doing so, the Secretariat Conservation Group will provide a forum for the public’s appreciation of Myanmar’s past whilst helping shape and contribute to Myanmar’s future.
Yangon Heritage Trust is an independent center of excellence working to promote and integrate Yangon’s unique urban heritage into a 21st-century vision of Yangon as one of Asia’s most livable cities. The Yangon Heritage Trust is a non-governmental organization founded by Thant Myint-U to conserve historic buildings in Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the former capital of Burma. Yangon has Asia’s largest collection of colonial-era buildings. The Trust has proposed to designate small zones within the city center (particularly in Downtown Yangon) as heritage areas and envisions a joint public-private collaboration whereby private investors restore heritage buildings for commercial use while maintaining the character of the areas. The Trust also advocates a conservation plan led by the private sector. In June 2013, Philips announced a partnership with the Trust to install 200 LED-lit blue plaques to highlight key cultural heritage sites in the city.
Yangon, the most densely populated region among divisions of Myanmar, has a lot of issues to be tackled. It is the country’s main hub for the economy, foreign investment, and other businesses, and also a place full of challenges for the Yangon Regional Government. After the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) won a majority in both chambers of the parliament, the cabinet of Yangon Region is led by the chief minister, Phyo Min Thein. In addition to the city development, the regional government manages and maintains the stability of the division. The Region or State Government shall have the responsibility to assist the Union Government in the preservation of the stability of the Union, community peace and tranquility, and prevalence of law and order. Yangon Region Government now coordinates with the Union’s departments, Minister of Security and Border Affairs Minister of Planning and Finance Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Forest and Energy Minister of Electricity, Industry, Road and Communication Minister of Municipal Affairs Minister of Social Affairs Region Advocate Region Auditor Currently, Yangon Region Government is addressing every issue transparently with long-term and short-term.
Yangon City Development Committee is the administrative body of Yangon, the largest city and former capital of Myanmar (Burma). It consists of 20 departments, with headquarters in the Yangon City Hall. The committee’s chairman also acts as the city’s mayor. On 14 May 1990, the Yangon City Development Law formally established the present incarnation of YCDC, delegating wide responsibilities to this body, including city planning, land administration, tax collection, and development. However, the YCDC is also responsible for duties stipulated in the 1922 Rangoon Municipal Act The YCDC is technically independent of the government and raises its own revenues through tax collection, fees, licenses, and property development. In the 2011-2012 budget year, YCDC had an estimated deficit of K 5 billion, because of high spending on road construction and purchase of waste collection vehicles.
Ministry of Culture is working to improve the spreading of Myanmar culture in collaboration with three offices and two universities – 1. Archaeology, National Museum, and Library 2. Department of Fine Arts 3. Department of Historical Research 4. National University of Culture (Yangon) 5. National University of Culture (Mandalay) To properly implement the effective development of Myanmar’s religious and cultural affairs, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture was reorganized by the combination of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Culture on April 1, 2016, and, accordingly, the Union Minister ‘Thura U Aung Ko’ has taken supreme charge of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture where there are over 300 members of staff in total. It is now developing and implementing many policies for cultural and religious affairs.