The Third Recovery Forum hosted in Nay Pyi Taw on June 18th marked a significant shift in the recovery coordination mechanism set to complete as the TCG mandate ends July 31st.
The meeting was chaired by Deputy Minister of Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement (MoSWRR), U Kyaw Myint, and Chairman of the Tripartite Core Group, U Kyaw Thu. A number of ministers attended the meeting, as well as representatives of foreign missions, TCG members, UN agencies, NGOs, the private sector, officials, and donors.
TCG Chairman U Kyaw Thu highlighted in his opening remarks that concerns were raised over the issue of maintaining transparency, aid tracking and accountability, as well as continuing with the information sharing services at the last forum. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) was cited as one of the Myanmar Government's major priorities moving forward with PONREPP.
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Bishow Parajuli stated the recovery effort has demonstrated the delivery of large scale humanitarian assistance to the people in an efficient, accountable and transparent manner is possible and thanks to the excellent cooperation between the GoUM and international community, but that funding shortages continued to undermine the successful implementation of PONREPP. Deputy Minister U Kyaw Myint reassured the Mo-SWRR would act as a focal point to carry through the recovery and reconstruction for Delta area and facilitating visas in his opening remarks.
The Ambassador of Vietnam Chu Cong Phung, on behalf of ASEAN, expressed that the TCG mechanism had been successful in the case of Myanmar, and that the model may prove to be applicable in future similar emergency relief situations.
Achievements in all sectors were presented by Thematic Working Group Chairs, and participants were encouraged to bring forth suggestions in open forum discussions. All sectors remain with funding and programming gaps, although some greater than others. During open forum discussions the importance of continued access and monitoring was raised. It was pointed out that the achievements in recovery with the limited capacity and number of agencies working were especially remarkable, and had led to a greater reliance on locals in terms of resources and support.
This Monthly Recovery Update highlights the voices of the chairs of the Thematic Working Groups, in particular achievements despite limited funds, successful strategies and recommendations for eight sectors to paint a picture of how the recovery effort stands 27 months after Cyclone Nargis hit.