Rakhine Relief-to-Recovery-to-Development Workshop launched

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The Rakhine Relief-to-Recovery-to-Development Workshop being held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

To draw out future tasks for the development of Rakhine State, the Rakhine Relief-to-Recovery-to-Development Workshop began yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw, with international experts experienced in solving conflicts, such as the Rakhine issue, sharing their experiences.
In his opening address of the two-day workshop, Deputy Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Soe Aung expressed hope that local and foreign partnership organisations would understand the government’s efforts for solving the Rakhine State issue, urging them to actively and openly discuss the issue to arrive at a good outcome.
Following his address, Dr. Aung Tun Thet, Chief Coordinator of the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine (UEHRD), introduced the UEHRD and answered questions raised by the participants of the workshop.
Thomas Hockley of the European Union, Peter Bachelon of the United Nations Development Programme and Sean Bradley of the World Bank discussed subjects related to assessment, management and financial sectors.
The union government announced last month its readiness for repatriation of returnees from Bangladesh under the agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh.
The Physical Arrangement for Repatriation of Displaced Myanmar Residents from Bangladesh under the Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State was signed by the two countries on 16 January.
Myanmar has set up two reception camps and one transit camp on its side of the border.

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