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GLOBAL INFINITY TRADING AND CONSTRUCTION (GITC) has been selected to receive the BID Quality Crown Award for 2015. Located in the thriving metropolis of Yangon, GITC has been leading major construction projects since 2009, when it was founded by an experienced team of engineers. The types of projects the company takes on is quite varied, including commercial and residential construction, mechanical works, pipeline and pumping stations, high quality iron and steel works, civil work and industrial maintenance and services. Yangon: ancient history, colonial charm.
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is the sultry business center of Myanmar, with colonial architecture and a vibrant pulse. The city of 5 million people sits on a protected port in the south of the country, and has been an important trading center for centuries. Tourism has increased significantly in recent years, and Yangon has become a trendy destination for those seeking an exotic experience in southeast Asia.
Among the must see sights in Yangon is the Chaukhtatgyi Paya, a stunning 65 metre long reclining Buddha with a jewel encrusted crown and a milky white face, all hidden under a metal roof, so you must look for it. Naturally, it is surrounded by monasteries, a meditation centre and, more interestingly, a shrine to a holy man who can stop the rain.
Another Buddhist shrine is one you can hardly avoid seeing, the Shwedagon Paya, a stupa covered with 27 metric tons of gold leaf and thousands of precious stones. It is visible from practically anywhere in Yangon and is one of buddhism’s most sacred shrines. Its history goes back 2600 years to the time of the Buddha himself, when two brothers who’d met Siddhartha brought eight of his hairs back to Yangon to be enshrined on the site. The building itself has been heavily damaged and rebuilt a number of times, and its current configuration is the result of extensive renovations done after a 1970 earthquake. It’s guarded by traditional Burmese lion statues called chinthes, 9 metres tall and imposing.
For an immersive experience in local culture it would be hard to beat the Bogyoke Aung San market, with over 2000 shops offering handicrafts, clothes, antiques, and jewellery. The foreign tourist is sure to find just the right gift or souvenir. Or you might try the Inle Lake floating market, where local produce and other goods are sold from small boats. © 2015 DV / R. Men
Myanmar has seen a construction boom in recent years, and GITC was formed in 2009 to serve foreign and domestic clients. The company provides turnkey solutions for construction projects by having available all the necessary competencies, from Architectural, Structural and Landscape Design, to Mechanical and Electrical, Decoration, Project Management and Supervision, to Consultancy on a broad range of technical issues.
Managing Projects with Quality since 2009
GTIC has been quick to adopt modern management techniques like reflexive quality management in order to prevent, reduce and remediate potential errors. In part because of its reputation for quality, although the company is based in Yangon, it was chosen for a portion of the important construction work done on the country’s new capital of Naypyidaw, built on a greenfield site some 320 kilometers to the north.
GTIC has been involved in a wide variety of projects. For instance, when cyclone Nargis struck in 2008 it was the country’s worst natural disaster ever. Especially hard hit was Bogaly, where much of the infrastructure was destroyed and there was a tragic loss of life. In its aftermath, Japan Emergency NGO’s tapped GTIC to build cyclone resistant shelters versatile enough to be dual purposed as schools. The local UN representative pointed out that the shelters would save thousands of lives in the event of another storm, and they passed their first significant test when Cyclone Giri hit in 2010
Recent other projects headed by GITC include the International School in Yangon, Dulwich College, Roche Pharmaceutical, ANZ Bank, Fame Pharmaceutical laboratory, and buildings for UNICEF, Welthungerhilfe, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
On the certification front, GITC is also staying ahead of its competitors by making significant advances towards ISO 9001 and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design awards, pending independent evaluation.
GITC has taken the business lessons it has learned in construction and applied them to other areas, demonstrating that sound management and robust processes can be translated to unrelated businesses. The company has established an international trading arm that deals with products such as timber and decorative finished wood materials, livestock and fisheries products, agricultural products, construction materials and paints, and stationary and photographic film for printing and publishing. This business has grown rapidly because of attention to details that matter and unwavering customer focus.
Because of its commitment to continuous quality improvement, GITC has been selected to receive the BID Quality Crown Award for 2015 at the convention in London.
ABOUT BID AND THE INTERNATIONAL QUALITY CROWN AWARD:
BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries. The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level. Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.