August 20, 2016

Italian FM, YHT founder discuss heritage conservation in Yangon

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni visits Yangon Heritage Trust.
Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni visits Yangon Heritage Trust.

ITALIAN Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni held talks yesterday with Yangon Heritage Trust founder and chairman Dr Thant Myint Oo to discuss efforts to preserve heritage sites in Yangon as well as broader urban planning at YHT’s headquarters in downtown Yangon.
Dr Thant Myint Oo said the government of Italy has supported YHT’s efforts in the past and that he hopes the support will continue in the future. The Italian foreign minister also visited Myanmar Deitta Gallery in Botahtaung Township. The gallery will undergo conservation efforts to be carried out by an Italian team of experts.
The Italian Foreign Ministry said in a press statement yesterday that history and culture are areas to which Italy aims to contribute its experience by cooperating with UNESCO and Myanmar’s Ministry for Religious Affairs and Culture in activities to preserve the country’s heritage.
Italy’s contributions to conservation efforts in Myanmar began in 2011 and have reached US$1.4 million.
To date, the contributions have been used in partnership with UNESCO to preserve  historic sites such as the ancient Pyu cities, which became World Heritage Sites in 2014, and the Bagan archaeological zone.


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