December 13, 2017

Rakhine rebirth requires global cooperation: Union Minister

Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine -UEHRD clarifies its projects and efforts to diplomats and INGOs. Photo: Myanmar News Agency
Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine -UEHRD clarifies its projects and efforts to diplomats and INGOs. Photo: Myanmar News Agency
Dr. Aung Tun Thet
Dr. Aung Tun Thet

The Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine (UEHRD) has invited cooperation from Myanmar and international communities to help it achieve success in its rebuilding and resettlement efforts.
“The Government of Myanmar is trying its utmost to solve the complicated Rakhine issue, but we need cooperation from the international community,” said Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye, in his capacity as the deputy chairman of UEHRD, yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw at a meeting that included diplomats and UN agencies.
In his opening speech, Dr. Win Myat Aye clarified plans for implementing development projects in Rakhine State in cooperation with the country’s entrepreneurs, highlighting several projects including the building of infrastructure, establishing an agriculture and livestock breeding economic zone, developing the information technology and media sectors, creating job opportunities, conducting vocational training, promoting health care services, establishing micro finance schemes and promoting the tourism sector.
Dr. Win Myat Aye also clarified efforts for repatriation of refugees following the agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh on 23 November and for implementing in the recommendations of the special advisory commission on Rakhine State.
“The UEHRD is a Union-level project and it will explore areas where international communities can cooperate with the government,” said Dr. Aung Tun Thet, Chief Coordinator of the UEHRD.
Dr. Aung Tun Thet also clarified UEHRD’s three main tasks, which includes implementation of socio-economic development by ministries concerned and the Rakhine State Government with the Public, Private Partnership ensuring transparency.
Those present at the meeting asked for plans for repatriation and expressed their willingness to visit the camps for help in repatriation of residents back to Rakhine State.
The diplomats also suggested to form a technical group, a project plan and a timeframe for implementing the UEHRD’s projects.
They also raised questions of how the government could help to change the attitude of local people toward the UN agencies.
In his response to diplomats, Dr. Win Myat Aye said UEHRD is the first step for solving the root cause of the Rakhine issue, and it values the aid of the international community.
The meeting was attended by deputy ministers of the Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor, Ministry of Border Affairs, permanent secretaries and directors-general of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, diplomats from 29 embassies and resident representatives of the UN agencies in Myanmar.—Myanmar News Agency

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