Saturday, August 19, 2017

UK minister reaffirms commitment to Yangon

United Kingdom’s International Development Minister Alistair Burt has said Myanmar is advancing in its pursuit for democracy, peace and prosperity.

UK International Development Minister Alistair Burt meets Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein last week. Photo - British embassyUK International Development Minister Alistair Burt meets Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein last week. Photo - British embassy

“Burma is advancing down the path to democracy, peace and prosperity. I was encouraged by the progress made towards inclusive peace at the recent peace conference which will encourage better and faster economic development, reducing both poverty in the country and Myanmar’s dependence on aid in the future.

“Burma still faces serious development challenges, and the UK remains committed to helping the country tackle these to make sure all of its people are healthy, educated and do not go hungry,” said the minister, according to a statement released by the British Embassy in Yangon on July 7.

Burt visited Myanmar last weekend on his initial trip to see how the UK is supporting the nation to become a more peaceful and prosperous country.

During his two day visit, Burt met women and children at Hmaw Aing Rural Health Centre who have been helped by 3MDG, a fund supported by UK aid which provides life-saving maternal and child healthcare.

He also visited a UK supported sustainable fishing program in the Delta region and met rural entrepreneurs to farm a wider area and grow their businesses.

Burt discussed the need for improved infrastructure to support the city’s rapid urbanisation with the Chief Minister of Yangon, U Phyo Min Thein, and met business leaders to learn more about the opportunities and constraints of Myanmar’s business environment.

He also visited Yangon General Hospital, which the UK has helped rebuild. He was welcomed by the Minister for Health and Sports, Dr Myint Htwe, to discuss how UK and Myanmar health institutions can work together to realise the government’s national health plan.

Burt later called on Minister of Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi and met teachers from a UK supported program to improve teacher trainer’s English language and teaching skills. The program has placed English teachers in almost all teacher training colleges across the country.