Conference 2020

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Since 2013, the Australia Myanmar Institute (AMI) has worked to facilitate research and collaboration between Australian and Myanmar education institutions, governmental and non-governmental organisations, businesses and expert bodies.

Building on the success of AMI’s 2015 and 2017 conferences on Myanmar’s work towards its SDG objectives, the 2020 conference – also co-organised with the Myanmar Institute for Strategic and International Studies (MISIS) – will continue supporting research and policy formulation in these vital development spheres.

The first segment of the conference will be held at the University of Yangon on Friday and Saturday 24-25 January 2020.  It will, as in previous conferences, concentrate on Myanmar’s achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals but this time we will use that theme to aim some discussion at Leadership as a topic which will be increasingly relevant as the country moves towards the maturity of the Goals in 2030 and the development of a new generation of leaders which will be needed by that time. 

The second segment will be held at the University of Mandalay on Monday 27 January, with a concentration on projections for Mandalay’s growth and development by 2030 – taking account of the Sustainable Development Goals but also of course on the rapid development of Mandalay’s character as a hub city for Myanmar with important road, rail, water and air links to China, India and Thailand, and to the Bay of Bengal.  This one-day event will foreshadow more conference work in Mandalay on this important topic for the region and the country as a whole.

 The Conference will:

  • Review Myanmar’s priorities & progress towards addressing the SDGs, taking account of Myanmar’s SDG Plan 2018-30, available at
  • Enable participants to engage with the contemporary evidence base
  • Illustrate mechanisms through which the SDGs can be met
  • Discuss leadership skills required by the country as part of SDG progress
  • Point to effective pathways for international collaboration with Myanmar’s Government, education & business institutions & civil society
  • Lead to the publication of a diverse series of academic & policy papers by both Myanmar & international participants


Business & the Economy

Environmental & Cultural Heritage


Gender & Equity

Governance & Law