Myanmar Officials Learn From Peacebuilding Efforts in Indonesia

Mar 12, 2014

H.E. Major General Maung Maung Ohn, Deputy Minister of Border Affairs (R) and H.E. Dr. Suprayoga Hadi, Deputy Minister for Special Regions Development, Ministry for the Development of Disadvantaged Areas in a meeting during recent knowledge exchange visit to Indonesia

Myanmar - A delegation of senior government officials recently visited Indonesia to learn from its experience with social cohesion and social conflict management.

Led by H.E. Major General Maung Maung Ohn, the Deputy Minister of Border Affairs, the group comprised of four other senior government officials - Assistant Director, Progress of Border Area and National Races Department (PBANRD), Ministry of Border Affairs, U Nyan Myo as well as three State Members from the Rakine State government – H.E. Colonel Htein Lin, Minister for Security and Border Affairs, H.E. U Thar Lu Chay, Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, and H.E. U Mya Aung, Minister for Development Affairs. They were accompanied by UNDP officials led by Mr. Toily Kurbanov, Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Myanmar.

During the six day visit, the delegation from Myanmar met national counterparts as well as representatives of provincial government in Malaku Province.

Despite the key differences in conflict contexts in Myanmar and Indonesia and Rakhine and Maluku; there is potential for learning, reflected one of the members of the delegation. The delegation also met civil society organizations and activists at national and provincial level and visited a tamarind juice making livelihood project.

“The situation in the two countries is not the same, but there are many similarities. That is why we came here, to study how the Government of Myanmar can resolve these kinds of issues,” said the Deputy Minister of Border Affairs, H.E. Major General Maung Maung Ohn.

Through its visits and meetings the delegation was able to see first-hand the leadership of national and provincial government in social conflict management as well as the study the importance of policy and regulatory frameworks for social conflict management. The delegation was also able to observe the strong coordination between government, United Nations and civil society in Indonesia as well as appreciate the role women played in peacebuilding.

“The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is committed to this initiative, as part of our South-South knowledge exchange between countries in the region. I am pleased that there was interest from both the Governments of Myanmar and Indonesia to continue sharing experiences and lessons. UNDP stands ready to assist in whatever way we can,” said Toily Kurbanov, UNDP Country Director in Myanmar.

The exchange visit was organized by the United Nations Development Programme in Myanmar and Indonesia, under South-South and Triangular Cooperation Framework, with funding support of the Government of Japan.

For more information contact:

Dilrukshi Fonseka, dilrukshi.fonseka@undp.org

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