Ministry of Border Affairs, SWISSAID sign MoU on community-based development projects

Border Areas and National Races, Ministry of Border Affairs, and Swiss Foundation for Development Cooperation-SWIS-SAID signed a Memorandum of Understanding-MoU yesterday at the office of the ministry in Nay Pyi Taw.

At the signing ceremony, Lt-Gen Ye Aung, the Union Minister for Border Affairs, first delivered opening speech, and Ms Claire Elizabeth Light, the Country Representative of SWISSAID, explained about the plans for development projects included in the MoU.

Afterwards, U Ye Naing, the Director-General of Department for Progress of Border Areas and National Races, and Country Representative of SWISSAID signed the MoU.

With the cooperation between Department for Progress of Border Areas and National Races and SWISSAID from 2001 to date, five levels of community-based all-round development plan that includes long-term agricultural sector sustainability, women’s development and gender sector, community-based savings programme and infrastructure construction projects, were carried out in Kachin and Shan states with the use of SWISSAID fund US$ 8.5 million.

According to the MoU, the sixth level of community-based all-round development plan will be implemented in Kachin and Shan states with the use of over US$ 3 million from 2019 to 2022. The sixth level all-round development projects will be beneficial for 34,360 local ethnic people from 195 villages in 16 townships.

Officials from Ministry of Border Affairs will also be in cooperation to successfully implement the projects.

The signing ceremony was attended Lt-Gen Ye Aung, the Union Minister for Border Affairs, Ms Claire Elizabeth Light, the Country Representative of SWISSAID and officials.