ASEAN preventive diplomacy workshop held in Nay Pyi Taw

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Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin addresses the ASEAN Regional Forum Workshop on Preventive Diplomacy: Skills and Tools Towards Effective Peacebuilding in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

The ASEAN Regional Forum Workshop on Preventive Diplomacy: Skills and Tools Towards Effective Peacebuilding was held in the Grand Ball Room of the Hilton Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
Attending the workshop were Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin, high-level officials and representatives from ASEAN regional forum member countries, members of the administrative council and advisory board of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, MPs from Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaws, representatives from the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre, the office of the ASEAN secretary-general, and the United States Institute of Peace, experts from international and regional organizations, and other officials.
Firstly, Union Minister U Kyaw Tin delivered the opening speech, followed by individual speeches from New Zealand Ambassador Mr. Steve Marshall and US Ambassador Mr. Scot Marciel.
Next, U Myint Thu, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Jerr Helsing, Senior Advisor for the US Institute of Peace, formally introduced the workshop to the attendants.
This was followed by Ambassador Rezian Jenie, Executive Director for the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, giving a presentation on the institute’s prioritized operations for the one-year term.
Afterwards, the first topic for discussion, ‘Effective Peacebuilding and Practical Procedures’, was led by Ms. Piyamal Pichaiwongse, the deputy liaison officer for International Labour Organization in Myanmar, and Ms. Shadia Marhaban from Mediators Beyond Borders, with Ambassador Mr. Steve Marshall acting as the moderator.
The second topic for discussion, ‘Effective Peacebuilding, Challenges for Myanmar’s Peace Process and Journey Moving Forward’, was led by U Zaw Htay, Director General of the Ministry of the State Counsellor’s Office, and U Htay Win Aung (a) U Pyone Cho, member of the Pyithu Hluttaw’s Committee on Citizen’s Fundamental Rights, with U Hauk Kant Some, Director General of the ASEAN Affairs Department under MOFA, acting as the moderator.
This was followed by an explanation on the basic principles of peace process development and conflict analysis by Mr. Anthony Wanis-St. John from American University.
Next, attendants at the workshop discussed about conflict analysis.
Later at night, U Myint Thu, Permanent Secretary of MOFA, hosted a banquet for the workshop attendants at M Gallery Hotel.
The workshop will be held from 17 to 19 September. Today, the workshop will focus on effective communications in applying diplomatic protection, discovering solutions to conflicts and negotiation skills, reporting the results of trainings, solutions to conflicts and conciliation skills, understanding and negotiating, policies and principles, among other topics. On 19 September, tomorrow, attendants will watch a documentary on establishing agreements, discuss on relevant topics, and make final evaluations on the workshop.

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