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UN Development Program Proposes Three-Year Plan In Myanmar
Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2012-10/09/c_131895066.htm
Source Date: Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Country: Myanmar
Created: Oct 09, 2012

YANGON, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has proposed three main tasks to be implemented with Myanmar under a three-year plan from 2013 to 2015, official media reported Tuesday.

The three-year plan is to be carried out in Kachin, Kayin, Chin, Rakhine and Shan ethnic states, said the New Light of Myanmar.

The three main tasks include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger in Myanmar in 2015, ensuring environmental sustainability, which is one of the Millennium Development Goals, and development of democracy and human rights through good governance.

Myanmar Minister of Border Affairs Lieutenant-General Thein Htay and a delegation, led by Ajay Chhibber, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of Regional Bureau of Asia and the Pacific, exchanged views on the plan in Nay Pyi Taw Monday.

An international workshop on rural development will be held in December in preparation for starting the three tasks, the report said, adding that the workshop will involve the World Bank, donor countries, international organizations and UN organizations as well as local community.

UNDP had offered to provide 144 million U.S. dollars' aid to Myanmar to implement the three-year project starting 2013.

Other projects cover environmental conservation, upgrading legislative and executive skill and opening of UNDP branch office in Myanmar.

The offer was proposed at a meeting between Myanmar Vice President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham and Chhibber in Nay Pyi Taw in May.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon visited Myanmar in April for the third occasion in light of Myanmar's political and economic changes.

During that visit, the UN also pledged provision of technical assistance to Myanmar to help mobilize financial support for the country's 2014 population census, the first since 1983.
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