VICE President U Henry Van Thio addressed the 6th meeting of the Working Group on Recovery of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
In his address, the Vice President said that some funds set for investment in development undertakings are diverted toward relief and recovery due to disasters and the impact of climate change.
Regarding recovery efforts, the Vice President stressed the need to boost disaster resilience by building better preparedness and response plans and to rebuild schools, clinics, roads, water supply infrastructure and cultural buildings for resilience.
He called on ASEAN countries to transform visions of the ASEAN Declaration on One ASEAN, One Response: ASEAN Responding to Disasters as One in the Region and outside the Region into reality through collaborative efforts.
Next, Indonesian Deputy Minister for Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Mr. Harmensyah of the BNPB National Disaster Management Agency and UNDP Country Director Mr. Peter Batchelor extended greetings.
Also present were Union ministers, deputy ministers, Amyotha and Pyithu Hluttaw representatives and representatives from ASEAN and AHA Centre-ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance.—Myanmar News Agency