NWRC

The National Water Resources Committee (NWRC)

The National Water Resources Committee (NWRC) was established by Presidential decree in July 2013 to manage the broad inter-related risks and opportunities of the Myanmar’s water resources that consisted of surface water, ground water, marine and coastal water and river systems including the Ayeyarwady River.

The NWRC was chaired by the H.E. Vice President U Nyan Tun until in 2015. Ministers, Deputy Ministers, and Director Generals from water-related Ministries plus the Chairperson and Secretary of Advisory Group joined the committee as members. Focal Ministry is the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The Secretary of the NWRC is the Director General of the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems, MoTCs.

In 2016, The NWRC is chaired by the H.E. Vice President U Henry Van Thio. Ministers, Deputy Ministers, and Director Generals from water-related Ministries plus the Chairperson and Secretary of Advisory Group joined the committee as members. Focal Ministry is the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The Secretary of the NWRC is the Director General of the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems, MoTCs.

The NWRC has three pillars:  There are;

  1. Secretariat
  2. Hydro-Informatics Center (HIC)
  3. Advisory Group

(1) Secretariat

Secretariat Office is led by Director General of DWIR who is the Secretary of the National Water Resources Committee (NWRC). This office is co-located with Project Management Unit (PMU).

(2) Hydro-Informatics Centre (HIC)

In 2014: Hydro-Informatics Centre has published the National Water Policy produced by the Advisory Group of NWRC, which has been approved by the Cabinet in 2015. Hydro-Informatics Centre is mandated by NWRC. It is for future water operation centre in making DSS (or) decision support organ of NWRC.HIC’s business model is that after the World Bank (WB) project; it will become a research-based non-profit consultancy firm for the government of Myanmar, universities, research centers, other institutions and clients.  It will remain apolitical for the sake of integrity. HIC’s main activity is to support NWRC in fulfilling its mandate.

(3) Advisory Group

Advisory Group of NWRC was formed with 13 full time members and 10 part time members.

Chart of National Water Resources Committee (NWRC)

The 7 Junior Researchers are currently working for the HIC under Component 1, AIRBM Project.

The NWRC’s Young Water Professional Program was established in 2014 as the first operation in training, which was solely sponsored by the Netherlands Government. The first batch graduated in 2015. The second batch was conducted from June 2016 to May 2017 and current third batch will run from July 2017 to May 2018. Since the second batch, YWP was jointly sponsored by the Netherlands and Australian Government. The Young Water Professional Program is an integration mechanism at the young officers level of NWRC Member Ministries and fresh graduates water professionals, who passed entrance exam for YWP.