GIZ announces four flagship thematic areas and opens a new office in Myanmar

GIZ has announced four flagship thematic areas for its development partnership with Myanmar in conjunction with the inauguration of its new office in Yangon. This 2020, GIZ is strengthening its support towards inclusive and sustainable growth in Myanmar through GIZ Business, GIZ Skills, GIZ Food & Nutrition, and GIZ Energy & Climate Change. Dr Petra Schill, Country Director of GIZ Myanmar, said: “GIZ is sharpening technical assistance in Myanmar across four thematic areas: Business, Skills, Food & Nutrition, and Energy & Climate Change. We believe that the best and holistic solutions require smooth collaboration between local and international expertise; and between these different thematic areas. Our goal is to empower people and partners to generate visible impact and own their success.”
GIZ has been a partner in Myanmar’s economic and social reform efforts since re-entering the country in 2012. It is recognised in Myanmar and around the world for its high-quality technical expertise and strategic approach to problem solving. GIZ’s new Myanmar office, located at the Uniteam Office Tower, houses a team of various thematic areas, collaborating daily with each other in a modern working environment.
The German Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Thomas Neisinger, Permanent Secretaries of the Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry, and GIZ Management Board Member Mr Thorsten Schaefer-Guembel were among the guests for the GIZ office inauguration last week. Mr Schaefer-Guembel also met GIZ’s development partners such as the Government Technical Institute (GTI – Insein) to exchange on the TVET system in Myanmar, visit practical classes and meet some of the winners of the Myanmar Skills Competition training for the ASEAN Skills Competition. Empowering Myanmar educators and training partners to transform human potential into relevant skills for real life achievements – this is what GIZ Skills stands for. Saying this, GIZ ensures that skills development is an integral part of all its projects from the banking and finance sector, through food safety and aquaculture to the classical system level support for the Ministry of Education in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training.
To name an example, GIZ Skills supports the National Skills Standards Authority to build an assessment and certification system of skilled workers, who have acquired experience and occupational skills by learning on-the-job (recognition of prior learning). As of 2019 December, more than 14,000 technicians were enabled to access and certify with the international standard by the National Skills Standard Authority. The program elevates the living standards of people in Myanmar and contributes towards realising occupational goals of disadvantaged groups such as marginalised women and youth, ethnic minorities and school drop outs in general. Since 2017, GIZ Skills has also been supporting internally displaced persons and host communities providing skills and livelihood opportunities to disadvantaged youth, women and affected communities in North Shan and Rakhine regions. Adapted to the needs of internally displaced persons in the area, the training programmes aim to meet private sector demand to strengthen the livelihoods of the beneficiaries through strong market linkages. More than 2600 vulnerable young people and IDPs received professional skills training at 40 locations across Rakhine State. “Skills training is one of the most sustainable forms of development and the government’s main tool to develop capacity and drive the country’s economy. Our work is inclusive of vulnerable groups and wide-ranging from commercial to humanitarian contexts. By equipping individuals to improve their lives, contribute to stronger businesses and institutions we aim to build a brighter future for all,” said Mr Eiko Kauffmann, Head of Thematic Area GIZ Skills. “Global challenges such as poverty, climate change, and socio-economic inequalities require strong multi-sector partnerships. Myanmar’s challenges for this new decade and beyond cannot also be tackled by an institution or organization alone. We must tackle them through cooperation, and I am delighted by our partners’ efforts in working together with us to achieve this. The best is yet to come in 2020,” Dr Petra Schill added.—GNLM

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