Denmark and UNDP forge partnership to support Myanmar reforms

Jan 23, 2014

UNDP’s support in Myanmar is channeled through a programme that seeks to strengthen institutions of democratic and local governance, support the environment and disaster risk management, and support government efforts for poverty reduction over the three-year period 2013-2015. Photo: UNDP/Tom Cheatham

Yangon – The Government of Denmark and United Nations Development Programme signed a cost-sharing agreement whereby Denmark will contribute 23 million Danish Krone (approximately 4.2 million US Dollars) towards implementation of UNDP's country programme for Myanmar. The agreement was signed by Danish Ambassador H.E. Mikael Hemniti Winther and UNDP Country Director Toily Kurbanov.

Since the resumption of normal country programme in January 2013 UNDP embarked on capacity building and technical assistance to support Myanmar's four waves of reforms: democratic; socio-economic; governance; and private sector development. The funds from Denmark will be used by UNDP for capacity development of local governments and democratic governance institutions in alignment with the national priorities.

"We are grateful to the Government of Denmark for their confidence in UNDP and for contributing scarce public resources for development of Myanmar. Strengthening institutions of local and democratic governance in Myanmar is very important for the country, as stressed by all national stakeholders," said Toily Kurbanov.

"Denmark supports the Myanmar's democratic reform process that is gaining momentum. With the introduction of its normal country programme in Myanmar we believe UNDP will be able to support Myanmar strengthen democratic institutions at union, regional and local levels to the benefit of all peoples in the country", said Ambassador H.E. Mr. Mikael Hemniti Winter.

For more information contact:

Alex Nyi Nyi Aung: Communications Analyst

Email: nyi.nyi.aung@undp.org

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