The Sagaing Division is located in the Northern part of Myanmar, and is bordered by Shan State, the Mandalay region and Magway to the south. Much of its eastern and southern boundaries are formed by the Ayeyawady River, meaning that the river is one of the primary ways for people to get around and also for transport of goods.
The capital of the Sagaing Division is Monwa which is located 136km north west of Mandalay. Monwa is flanked by both the Irrawaddy and Chundwin rivers. Their leading crop is rice, but they are also the leading producers of wheat in Myanmar (accounting for 80% of the countries production). Adding to this the region has many mills: amonsgt them saw mills, rice mills, cotton mills and weaving factories. This provides work opportunities for those working in manufacturing/ warehouse.
The Sagaing Division also boasts a number of protected areas, such as the Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park, Chatthin Wildlife Sanctuary and Mahamyaing Wildlife Sanctuary which provides opportunities for those working for NGO/ UN and NFP in conservation.
Myanmar is going through a period of rapid economic change, and geographically Sagaing Division is in a geographically crucial position given its proximity to India and Mandalay. There are bound to be infrastructure projects providing opportunities not only for civil engineers but skilled trade/ construction workers with roads, river transport and railway lines (and for many others in the logistics/ transport industry).
Once these infrastructure projects are under way there will be more opportunities for those in trading/ distribution/ import/ export as not only is the Sagaing Division a large wheat producer but the state is renowned for its clothing/ garment/ textile production. Not only is the quality and style of their checked longyis famous, but for a century they produced 80% of Myanmar’s cotton blankets.
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