May 18, 2012

UNDP to provide 144 mln USD aid to Myanmar

he United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has offered to provide 144 million U.S. dollars' aid to Myanmar to implement a three-year project starting 2013, official media reported Friday.
Other projects cover environmental conservation, upgrading legislative and executive skill and opening of UNDP branch office in Myanmar, said the New Light of Myanmar.
The offer was proposed by visiting UNDP Assistant Secretary- General and Director of Regional Bureau of Asia and the Pacific Ajay Chhibber at a meeting with Myanmar Vice President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham in Nay Pyi Taw Thursday.
In another meeting between Speaker of the Parliament and House of Nationalities U Khin Aung Myint and Chhibber, the pair discussed implementation of practical development cooperation programs with the parliament, UNDP's increased assistance for speeding up Myanmar development in light of easing of international sanctions, parliamentary assistance, promotion of competency of parliament members (MPs), more measures for environmental conservation regarding Myanmar's climate change, promotion of living standard of the citizens, measures for systematically shaping economy and economic plans and provision of technical aid.
Moreover, Sai also met with visiting Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific Dr. Nafis Sadik in the new capital Thursday, focusing on more international aid for Myanmar's health sector and promotion of knowledge dissemination work, mutual exchange of HIV/ AIDS information nd data, provision of technological expertise and necessary amendment to laws related to health sector.
Ban visited Myanmar near the end of April for the third occasion in light of Myanmar's political and economic changes.
During the visit, the UN also agreed with Myanmar to provide the latter technical assistance and help mobilize financial support for the country's 2014 population census, the first since 1983.

Source: Xinhua