President urges int’l community to work hand-in-hand with government at Third MDCF

President U Thein Sein delivering speech at lauching ceremony of the Third Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum.
President U Thein Sein delivering speech at lauching ceremony of the Third Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum.

President U Thein Sein delivered an opening speech at 3rd Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum held at Myanmar International Convention Centre (2), here, Saturday.
Before the opening ceremony, the President discussed with the delegation led by Dr. Akihiko Tanaka, chairman of Japan International Cooperation Agency about cooperation programmes.
In his opening address, President U Thein Sein said: After our new administration assumed Office in March 2011, in order to ensure international support for Myanmar’s democratic reform and enhance our cooperation with the global community to sustain the development of our country, we began holding this national level development dialogue in 2013 and so we gather here today at the Third Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum.
The first MDCF was held in January 2013 under the theme “Partnership for Actions, Implementation and Success”, initiated to establish a new partnership between the Government of Myanmar and development partners to gain support for ensuring the success of our reform processes, democratization and the development of our country.
During that forum, “The Nay Pyi Taw Accord for Effective Development Cooperation” was unanimously adopted.
The second first MDCF held in January 2014 reaffirmed the shared commitment between the Government of Myanmar and development partners, to closer cooperation.
Through coming together and with the successful conduct of these forums, we have fostered cooperation with the international community, which has resulted in a substantial increase in development assistance, financial and technical support and closer cooperation in various areas and sectors.
Due to the international community and development partners’ true understanding and realization of the constraints and challenges, opportunities and potential that Myanmar has encountered in its democratic reform process, and due to their relentless efforts to cooperate with the government and with generous contributions and support to Myanmar’s political development and peace process, socio-economic development, poverty reduction and rural development, and in many other areas, it is no possible to witness and enjoy many tangible outcomes and successes that we are discussing here today.
Therefore, taking this opportunity, on behalf of the people of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and sincere appreciation to the international community and to development partners for all the support and assistance extended to Myanmar.
Up until now, we have laid down sound foundations in our country, in the contexts of its democratic reform process, mutual commitments made between the Government and Development partners in their development cooperation efforts, increases in development assistance and support, more effective implementation of projects and programs and strengthened institutional systems, rules and regulations, procedures and practices. In this respect, it is our aim to strengthen our cooperation by building upon these sound foundations, to ensure inclusive development involving all of Myanmar’s people in the coming future.
With this objective, the theme of this year’s Myanmar Development Cooperation Forum has been chosen as “Building upon Foundation – Focusing towards Future Inclusive Development”.
This year, 2015, poses a challenging year for Myanmar. This government fully understands and remains committed to successfully overcoming challenges such as convening our general election, signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, furthering the Government’s administrative reforms and reconciling the wide range of views regarding amendments to the Constitution.
With the continued support of the international community, we feel confident that we can meet whatever challenges we face in a peaceful and inclusive manner, in partnership with our neighbours, the international community and development partners.
At this juncture, I would like to emphasize that the government’s efforts to fulfill two of the most widely held wishes of the general public: peace and stability, and socio-economic development, has generated some substantial results in the past four years. But, there is still much work to be done. Our government will continue to strive to the best of its ability to consolidate the democratic reform processes and bring the peace process to fruition and to stand by our pledge to hold free and fair elections in 2015.
Regarding the peace processes, concerted efforts are being made for the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement so as to ensure national reconciliation and perpetual peace throughout the nation.
I would like to highlight the role of international community and development partners, and note that their financial and technical assistance plays a crucial role not only in support of economic development but also in support of Myanmar’s continued, successful democratic reform process.
Therefore, I encourage the international community and development partners to continue to work hand-in-hand with the government, and exert their utmost efforts to expedite implementation of ongoing development programs and projects so that more of our people are able to enjoy benefits of this reform during this year 2015. Later, Dr. Akihiko Tanaka made conclusion remarks.
President U Thein Sein and government officials posed for photos with the attendances at the ceremony, including Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham, union ministers, deputy ministers, members of Parliaments, members of state/region governments and ministers of economy, as well as representatives from donor countries, international organizations, ambassadors, UN agencies, INGOs and social organizations.

President U Thein Sein cordially greets  Dr. Akihiko Tanaka, chairman of Japan  International Cooperation Agency
President U Thein Sein cordially greets Dr. Akihiko Tanaka, chairman of Japan International Cooperation Agency
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