A Press Conference on the visit of Myanmar Delegation led by Dr. Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement of Myanmar, to Cox’s Bazar and Dhaka, Bangladesh on 11-13 April was held at National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC), Yangon, Myanmar, at 1000 hours on 19th April 2018.
The Press Conference was attended by Heads of Missions, diplomats and representatives of UN agencies residing in Yangon as well as representatives of local and international media.
TWO deputy ministers visited Nidin Village’s internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Kyauktaw Township, Rakhine State, on 5 April, where they explained the resettlement programmes and the plan to close the IDP camp.
April 4, 2018
State Counsellor and Union Minister for Foreign Affairs Daw Aung San Suu Kyi received Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Ms. Ursula Mueller yesterday morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw.
The Ministry for Border Affairs held a ceremony to commemorate the opening of Kwee Tel Basic Education Middle School in Sittway, Rakhine State on Monday.
Kwee Tel school is the 100th school built by the Ministry in collaboration with the Nippon Foundation and Bridge Asia Japan (BAJ), an INGO based in Japan.
The Rakhine State Disaster Management Department is planning to build 26 more cyclone shelters in Rakhine State during the 2018-2019 fiscal year (FY), according to State Disaster Management Department Director U Kyaw Min.
“Tenders were invited for the project. Now, we are selecting the tenders. The duration of the construction may be five to six months. After constructing these shelters, there will be a total of 52 cyclone shelters in Rakhine State,” he added.
A five year community based nutrition programme will be jointly initiated in Kayin State by the Ministry of Health and Sports, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement in cooperation with UNICEF, said Dr. Tun Min from the Department of Public Health.
A ceremony to donate 300 tonnes of rice to Sri Lanka’s flood victims was held by the government and the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) on 24 February at Pinlekoethwe rice mill in Dagon Seikkan Indistrial Zone.
Dr Than Myint, Union Minister for the Commerce Ministry, and other officials, along with Mr. K.W.N.D Karunaratne, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Myanmar, and officials from the MRF attended the event.
The donation is a humanitarian aid for victims of the flood and landslide in May 2017, which killed more than 200 people and rendered 600,000 homeless.
(1) Literacy among young people (15 to 24 years old) is now high, at 94 per cent, but focussed efforts are needed, particularly in Shan and Kayin, to achieve universal literacy.
(2) Among young adults, aged 25 to 29, nearly 3 in 10 (27.8 per cent) never attended school or failed to finish primary school. This provides strong justification for a policy to make primary school free and compulsory.
With the pre-monsoon season approaching in February, region and state governments are being urged to draw up year-end planning for disaster preparedness, emergency response and recovery, reviewing the disasters that occurred in their regions in 2017.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio, chairman of the Natural Disaster Management Committee (NDMC), made the remark at the NDMC meeting 2/2017 held in the meeting hall of Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
Being important to today’s development of society as well as being the hope and future of a country, children and youth deserve a good start in life through better health provision, a nurturing home environment, educational opportunities, and eliminating barriers so that they could properly transition to adulthood in ways that will contribute to the economic and social development of the country.
(1) There are 4.5 million people aged 60 and over in Myanmar, making up or 8.9 per cent of the population. By 2050 there will be 13 million older people representing almost 20 per cent of the population. The older age dependency ratio will rise from 14.5 in 2015 to 33.6 in 2050.
One of the largest public health interventions ever conducted in Myanmar, the Japanese Encephalitis vaccination campaign, kicking off today, will help stop this rising and potentially fatal disease among children.
(1) The nation’s disability rate (comprised of those with mild, moderate and severe disabilities) is 4.6%; this figure represents 2,311,250 individuals. The rate is slightly higher for females at 4.8%, when compared to males (4.4%).
(1) Differences in the expected future population sizes of states and regions need to be taken into account when allocating funds from the Union level.
(2) For the next few decades, the country will have a favourable ratio of working-age people to children and older persons. To fully exploit this “demographic dividend”, savings and investments for the modernization of agriculture and the development of manufacturing need to be encouraged.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi reaffirmed the government’s policy of inclusiveness in the peace-making process, saying the door always opens to ethnic armed groups who have not yet signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement.
(1) One fifth (19.3 per cent) of the total population of Myanmar are lifetime migrants meaning that they have moved between townships at least once since their birth. A total of 3,359,342 persons were recent migrants having moved in the five years preceding the Census.
(1) The female labour participation rate at 50.6 per cent lags far behind that of males (85.6 per cent). Despite higher levels of educational attainment among women relative to men, these differentials in labour force participation between males and females exist at every age-group, from 15 years and above. With more rapid economic development, greater policy efforts are required to address barriers to facilitate the higher participation of women in the labour force.
(1) The government of Myanmar has committed to a National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women (NSPAW) 2013-2022. Myanmar is also a member of the ASEAN committee on women and a committee on the Protection of the Rights of Women and Children. The 2008 Myanmar constitution prohibits discrimination in many forms including gender. Despite these pledges, gender divides can be seen across all sectors. Bridging inequalities must be an urgent priority moving forward.