Feb 2, 2013

UK and Australia contributes over USD 500 million aid for historic development

Officials from UK and Australia has announced the award of US$500 million aid for Myanmar development during a joint visit to Myanmar from January 29 to 31.

Permanent Secretary Mark Lowcock of UK's Department for International Development and Director General Peter Baxter of AusAID opened a new joint office in Nay Pyi Taw that will enable the UK and Australia to work closely together on policy with the Myanmar Government, parliament and other national stakeholders.

The aid will directly go to the critical sectors such as health and education.

Every child to be accomplished the primary education and other educational assistances, the two countries are providing about US$22 million education aid with four-year plan.

Lowcock told a press conference at Nay Pyi Taw that "the main goal is to provide humanitarian assistance. Not only education but also other sectors like land grabbing issues and to ethnic issues will be assisted."

He said it was a first joint visit for the UK and Australia and has been launched Myanmar Education Consortium. The consortium will help education develop at impoverish areas and remote areas of country. It is also planning to assist the Monastic education.

Baxter said "it signals a new era of cooperation and is an important step forward in our shared commitment to a stable and prosperous democracy for the people of Myanmar."

During the joint visit, they met with Lower House Speaker Thura Shwe Mann, the union minister Aung Min and people from social societies.

Source: Eleven Media News