Toily Kurbanov: Remarks at Cost Sharing Agreement Signing with Japan

Jun 2, 2016

Your Excellency, State Minister U Kyaw Tin

Your Excellency, Ambassador of Japan

Distinguished guests and colleagues:

Today’s event marks another step in the already strong partnership between Myanmar, Japan and UNDP in the area of democratic governance and rule of law. I am pleased to represent UNDP and humbled to have signed the donor agreement with the Government of Japan in the amount of Y 113 million or about $ 1 million and more than MMK 1 billion to support Rule of Law Centres.

The centres established by UNDP under the guidance and with inspiration from HE Daw Aung San Suu Kyi are already very active in Yangon and Mandalay, as well as in Myitkina (Kachin State) and Taunggyi (Shan State). Each of them provides important opportunities for legal professionals, community leaders, government officials and civil society to gain knowledge and deepen their legal competencies.

To date, through core training activities and outreach programmes the centres trained more than thousand people in far flung communities. Beyond that, the centres have grown into vibrant hubs where communities, lawyers and government officials come together to share insights on key issues in respective localities: ranging from drug to land issues, labor issues, violence against women.

Wherever we established these centres they gave birth to new initiatives by the communities themselves. In Mandalay our graduates are providing pro bono services to those who are unable to pay lawyers. In Myitkina university teachers and senior students use our curriculum to train incoming students. In Taunggyi the graduates have formed Rule of Law Network offering legal advice to people.

In Yangon and elsewhere communities have a chance to interact and to question police officers and other senior officials – something that would have been unheard of only a short while ago. Generous contribution from the Government of Japan allows us to build upon these inspiring practices and to open the Rule of Law Centres in other parts of Myanmar and for thousands new beneficiaries.

With this new contribution, UNDP will roll up our sleeves and work even harder to strengthen the results for the people of Myanmar, which will help to uphold their human rights and to strengthen democratic governance in line with the vision of the Myanmar Government. Today, on behalf of our team, our local partners and beneficiaries, I wish to say to you Kyezutibade and Arrigatougozaimas!

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