May 07, 2017

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Meeting on socio-economic development and resettlement in Rakhine State

Meeting on socio-economic development and resettlement in Rakhine State in progress.

A meeting led by Dr. Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement to extend the works of the Coordinating Committee for United Nations, international and non-government organizations in Rakhine State was held in Rakhine State government meeting hall in Sittway yesterday afternoon.
Rakhine State government members, United Nations, international and non-government organizations conducting humanitarian and development work in Rakhine State, officials and town elders who are member of the coordinating committee attended the meeting.
The Union Minister said the incumbent government was handling the Rakhine State developmental and resettlement matters consistently since April 2016. Socio-economic development works together with humanitarian assistance was being conducted. While living in camps, work trainings were provided for development of women to provide job opportunities. Of the recommendations made by the Rakhine State Advisory Commission, the government was implementing the quickest achievable one while resettlements are made according to the wishes of the people in the camps. Friendship markets were established for friendly trade, buying and selling activities. Rakhine State government’s 5-year plan for socio-economic development will soon be implemented. Arrangements are made to start birth certification processes in Rakhine State and Taninthayi Region but birth certification is not related to citizenship and citizenship naturalization. The ministry aim to be prepared in protecting social life, preventing and mitigating natural disaster together with civil society organizations. Of the 8 social life protection works, supporting expectant mothers and their newly born babies up to the age of two years with Ks 15,000 per month will be from LIFT Fund in least developed Chin State and from national reserve fund in Rakhine State and Naga region. Together with this cash support education on personal hygiene and family planning is also provided. This support and education work will be continued to cover the whole country. The Rakhine State government wanted to reach the stage where the true situation of the societies can be obtained through discussion and is prioritizing the developmental matters of the Rakhine State.
Next, meeting attendees discussed about Rakhine State socio-economy development and resettlement
matters.
Afterward, the Union Minister met with Rakhine civil societies and town elders in Sittway hotel and discussed about Rakhine State socio-economy development and resettlement matters.

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