21 September 2019
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, together with the United Nations Development Programme, introduced the Rakhine Joint Assessment Report at the Shwe San Eain Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday.
The ceremony was attended by Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye, Deputy Ministers, Rakhine State Minister, officials from UEHRD, invited guests, representatives from UN agencies and international organizations.
Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye said that the research report was developed to collect information for adopting development assistance policies through humanitarian aid, and for promoting social unity and harmony in Rakhine State.
The joint assessment plan was submitted to the Protocol and Ethical Board of the ministry in January 2017 by forming a technical team to be able to implement it in accordance with research ethics and principles and avoid sensitive issues, with seeking recommendations from Rakhine State government and the relevant departments.
The Union Minister also disclosed the findings have indicated that underdevelopment was the main reason of the problems; access to food, nutrition, education and healthcare services is not too much different among different communities; availability of hygiene water is still a grave problem in most of the villages; lower education level and lesser employment opportunities are the underlying causes for temporary jobs.
Then, the UN acting negotiator gave remarks on the findings in the Rakhine Joint Assessment report, followed by explanations of officials from the Department of Disaster Management and the UNDP.
In his concluding remark, Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye noted the Rakhine Joint Assessment report is a result received by the collaboration between the ministry and the UN agencies, and development works will be carried out based on these findings.
The Union Minister also called for more assistance of international organizations and ASEAN member countries to work better in social economic development of Rakhine State.
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