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December 10, 2019

Technical working group meets to implement ASEAN recommendations on repatriation programme

Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye and attendees pose for a documentary photo at the technical working group meeting on Preliminary Needs Assessment (PNA) in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.  Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye and attendees pose for a documentary photo at the technical working group meeting on Preliminary Needs Assessment (PNA) in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.  Photo: MNA

A technical working group met yesterday for the first time to implement ASEAN recommendations in the Preliminary Needs Assessment (PNA) of the ASEAN-Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT), which was approved in April this year.
Union Minster for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye presided over the collaboration meeting held at the meeting hall of his ministry in Nay Pyi Taw. The top agendas of the meeting were discussions of three recommendations of PNA to expand more repatriation centers and transit centre, to disseminate information and to support with the provision of basic services in Rakhine State.
The Union Minister explained the works of government for socio-economic development in Rakhine State even before 2016 conflicts. He also recognized the crucial role of the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development participated by the government, the private sector and the whole community.
Dr Win Myat Aye assured the facilitation of Committee for Implementation of the Recommendations on Rakhine State to carry out the suggestions of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State headed by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
The members of ASEAN-ERAT have visited Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh in the past, and they also reached to Taung Pyo Letwe Reception Centre on 22 August as the Bangladeshi government informed the repatriation of displaced persons to Myanmar on that day.
During the second session of the meeting, Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung suggested on the implementation of locally appropriate works in Rakine State, followed by the presentations of Director of ASEAN Secretariat Mr Nguyen KyAnh, Deputy Executive Director at ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA Centre) Mr Arnel Capili about the contribution of ASEAN in repatriation process, the works of PNA and capacity-building courses in the country. The relevant state departments discussed their possible assistance in this programme, and the Director General of the Department of Disaster Management facilitated the discussions.
The technical working group will draw a detailed plan to implement social-economic development plans in Rakhine State, to identify the required tasks and the differences and the proposed assistance of ASEAN.—MNA
(Translated by Aung Khin)

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