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Appeal No. 01.65/2004; Programme Update no. 3, Period covered: 1 July to 31 October 2004; Appeal coverage: 97.7%; Outstanding needs: CHF
Appeal target: CHF 1,341,482 (USD 1,006,112 or EUR 858,549);
Programme Summary: Over this period, the economic climate remained unstable and the political situation continued to be volatile. The National Convention which was opened in May with over 1000 participants continued into early July and will reconvene late 2004 or early 2005. After negotiatio ns between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and European Union countries, the government of Myanmar participated in an ASEM (Asia Europe Meeting) held in Hanoi in October. During the same period, ties were strengthened with India. Some key positions in the government were changed mid-October, the most significant being the change of prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, and further changes were anticipated.
The Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) continued to commit itself to changing its structure, systems and image to better serve the most vulnerable communities. Final discussions and analysis on the branch survey resulted in the preparation of a comprehensive Branch Survey Report. MRCS also finalised the draft National Strategic Plan (2004-2009) and negotiations continued with a number of 'new' partner societies who are interested in supporting programmes with MRCS, particularly at community level. The MRCS Partnership Meeting was held in October, and was preceded by a field trip to Keng Tung for interested participants. The meeting was successfully undertaken and the final report is slated for the end of the year. The disaster response operation in Rakhine State continued and was concluded successfully with increased visibility for the MRCS and for the Federation delegation. A final report is being prepared for the end of November.