PwC Myanmar launches new digitally-enabled office in Yangon

PwC Myanmar has relocated to a new digitally-enabled office in Yangon, with regional partners on hand to celebrate its official opening.

PwC leaders from around Asia have come together to celebrate the launch of a new digitally-enabled office for PwC’s Myanmar member, taking the occasion to reflect on the growth of the local practice over the past seven years. Having opened with just four members of staff in 2012, today the firm has a headcount in excess of 100 – who will together benefit from the new and enhanced office in Downtown Yangon.

“We have grown from a four-man outfit back in 2012 to over 100 strong today. We believe in the long term potential of Myanmar and continue to invest in developing local talent. The expansion into this new Junction City office is part of this investment,” stated PwC Myanmar Managing Partner of Ong Chao Choon, who was joined by PwC partners from Singapore, Thailand and Japan for the official inauguration.

The PwC Myanmar managing partner – who has been with the professional services firm for more than three decades and further serves as PwC Singapore’s Deputy Chairman and Advisory Leader – was instrumental in establishing the Myanmar office on PwC’s return to the country in 2012, the first of the Big Four with a renewed presence. Accordingly, the firm can now lay claim to being the largest locally.

Since its launch in Myanmar in November of 2012 – when the nation was still taking its first steps to emerge from isolation and evolve into a liberal democracy – PwC has in its own words been working with government agencies and business associations to attract fresh international investment, along with having advised on some of the largest M&A transactions and infrastructure projects to follow.

Now, the firm has embarked on an evolution of its own, with an updated, digitally-advanced office in the business centre of Yangon, which first opened in August. “The technologically-enabled office is designed to increase collaboration, efficiency and global connectivity,” stated Ong. “We will continue to reinvent ourselves and strive to deliver even greater value to our clients, our people and Myanmar as a whole.”

In addition to enhancing the technological capacity of the office, PwC Myanmar’s personnel will also have the opportunity to up-skill for the digital era, in areas such as data visualisation, data analytics and robotic process automation. The programme is part of PwC’s recent $3 billion commitment to galvanising its workforce and the community over the next four years, including S$10 million set aside in Singapore.

“As the world becomes increasingly technologically-enabled, there is a growing divide between the skills people have and the skills they need for the digital future,” said PwC Singapore Chairman Yeoh Oon Jin, who was present at the launch. “We hope that each of our people can tap into the new technological resources and opportunities to grow professionally so as to serve our clients well in Myanmar.”

Source: Consultancy Asia

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