13 August 2019
A consultative meeting on mine risk education (MRE) was held in Nay Pyi Taw on Tuesday.
Officials from Myanmar’s mining sector and international experts attended the event to discuss the country’s current approach to mine risk education. This is an initiative of the ASEAN regional mine action center (ARMAC).
The meeting is supported by the Government of Japan, through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund and it is the second in a one-year project, aiming at developing a comprehensive and integrated approach to MRE to build the best practices in educating the dangers of landmines and explosive remnants of war in ASEAN.
Director General of the Department of Rehabilitation assured that 9 out of 14 States and Regions as well as Nay Pyi Taw are contaminated with landmines.
Director General, Department of Rehabilitation, Nyan Myint Aung said “This meeting intends to enhance awareness on the dangers of mine, explosive remnants of war among ASEAN member states. The ASEAN Regional mine action center is a center of excellence under the ASEAN security cooperation to encourage the efforts to address landmines and explosive remnants of war for interested ASEAN member states. Starting from 2017-2018 fiscal year, the Myanmar government has assisted 200,000 kyats to each landmine victim and now the numbers reached to 525.”
Under the co-leadership of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and UNICEF, the Mine Risk Working Group (MRWG) was established over seven years ago. This coordination platform is to ensure mine action interventions are aligned with international standards and lessons learned in Myanmar.
Executive Director, ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC), Ly Panharith said “Last year can be considered as our first operational year but we focused on setting up our foundation. So, we didn’t do too much to support…….last year. But this year we are doing more. The end of last year, we organized the exchange visit of Myanmar delegates to Cambodia to learn about mine action programs. So we conducted the consultative meeting the first one in Cambodia last week and this week we conduct in Myanmar and also Thailand”.
For the next steps, the MRE project will be conducted together with subsequent consultative meetings in Thailand and Vietnam so as to establish a platform for ASEAN countries to form a collaborative community of MRE experts and stakeholders.
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