Myanmar’S Ministry of Union Government Office jointly organized a forum with the Ministry of the Interior and Safety of the Republic of Korea at Hilton Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.
The forum titled ‘Myanmar-Korea Cooperation Forum on Public Administration’ was aimed to support the reform process of General Administration Department in Myanmar.
Deputy Minister U Tin Myint said that Myanmar and ROK are cooperating in a wide range of sectors, and the forum is under the joint plan for giving assistance in public administration of Myanmar. He also remarked international experiences and knowledge are crucial for reform processes in the country.
Mr Yoon Jong-In, the Vice Minister for Interior and Safety of ROK, expressed thanks for organizing the forum to Union Minister for Union Government Office U Min Thu, Deputy Minister U Tin Myint and officials from Nay Pyi Taw Council and Yangon Region.
The Korean Vice Minister recounted the Korean War broke out just after the country gained independence from the 36-year period of colonial rule. At that time GDP of each Korean people was US$67. While the country was experiencing bitter consequences of the war, Myanmar helped ROK with $50,000 worth of rice without expecting anything in return. It was very supportive for ROK, and the Korean people are still kept it in mind.
The President of ROK made a friendly visit to Myanmar from 3 to 5 September.
The two governments agreed to build mutual trust, to promote cultural industry and to share experiences of ROK development programmes with Myanmar that is implementing sustainable development goals from 2018 to 2030. The plan includes the strategies for capacity building in public administration and promotion of public services.
He added the forum will share knowledge on these matters, and it is expected to strengthen friendship and trusts among administrative officials of the countries.
Then, the senior officials of both countries posed for a documentary photo.
At the forum, officials discussed matters related to local administration, public service, human resource management and capacity-building of civil service personnel, disaster management and intelligent transportation system.
The forum was attended by 80 Myanmar officials and 13 Korean counterparts.
In the afternoon, Union Minister U Min Thu met with the Korean Vice Minister Mr Yoon Jong-In at Hilton Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw.—MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)