The second anniversary of the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine (UEHRD) was held at the Hilton Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.
The State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in her capacity as the Chairperson of UEHRD, gave a speech at the ceremony.
First, a youth team from communities in Rakhine State performed with the following songs in Myanmar entitled ‘Essence of Unity’, ‘Come to Rakhine Land’ and ‘Our Way’.
In her speech, Chairperson of UEHRD and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said, “The UEHRD was established in 2017 to address conflicts and problems of Rakhine State in collaborative efforts. We have understood that it is concerned with the whole union. It means that the best outcomes in a certain region must be appreciated by those from other areas. Everybody must rejoice over the welfare and prosperity of others.
Myanmar is still experiencing the consequences of conflicts that had occurred in Rakhine State since 2017. We have determined self-reliance is the best way in solving these challenges. We appreciate a wide range of assistance from our partners. However, we can rely on ourselves.
It is also important to develop an attitude of self-reliance in the Union.
Therefore, any development in a certain corner of the country must be accepted by the people in the remaining areas. This is our expectation. Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye is managing the UEHRD. I believe he has visited Rakhine State at least 50 times from 2017 to 2019. It shows his seriousness in Rakhine State. These works could not be done from far away from an office by using a remote control. Only field trips could identify to fulfill the needs of the local people. However, the results were still lower than expected.
Our expectation was intended for the long term development of the Union. If the ongoing problems of Rakhine State could be solved with the collaborative efforts of the people, the result would be a very valuable heritage for posterity.
What kind of heritage would it be? It is self-confidence. Collaborative strength could encounter and overcome these challenges although Myanmar has not yet become a wealthy or powerful country. This self-confidence needed to be relayed to posterity.
If this confidence and strength could be relayed to them, Myanmar could surely overcome any challenge. A female writer wrote that a good history of a country is the strength for next generations. She also remarked that reviewing the history could help it find ways for the future, and bring out courage.
She added that she wished to repeat again and again that the works of UEHRD were intended for the whole Union, not only for Rakhine State. Problem-solving strength in youths needed to be developed. Therefore the contribution of young people across the country has truly supported UEHRD. They were participating in UEHRD actively. They seem to be more flexible than older persons. Meanwhile, the latter were more mature. Therefore, both flexibility and maturity have their own values.
Flexibility could develop consideration for others, while maturity was required for understandings deeply and thoroughly. Therefore, both seniors and youths were important to solve the problems of Myanmar.
She said she wished to express thanks to all those who have participated in implementing UEHRD tasks and projects. She added that she would like to honour all the ministries, especially Rakhine state government which has to address daily problems in the State. Therefore, deep appreciation goes to Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu. She also said that she wished him best for successful solving the problems of this State in coming year and that all stood ready to assist him in this task.
She also expressed her appreciation to all foreign partners for their kind assistance to Myanmar. By solving a regional problem successfully, experiences could be gained for addressing other global issues.
Before making her conclusion the State Counsellor said that she wished to make a concrete suggestion to those who have promised to contribute funds to UEHRD; promises once made need to be kept. Those who have not yet made any promises were also requested to make contributions to UEHRD.
Then a short film, produced by the International Relations Task Force with the support of UEHRD members, was shown.
Then documentary photos were taken of the State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Union Minister for Office of the State Counsellor U Kyaw Tint Swe and all the attendees.
The ceremony was also attended by Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, Amyotha Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U Aye Tha Aung, Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, U Kyaw Tint Swe, U Min Thu, U Ohn Win, U Win Khaing, U Thein Swe, Dr Than Myint, Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Dr Myint Htwe, U Han Zaw, Dr Win Myat Aye and U Kyaw Tin, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Nyi Pu, Deputy Ministers U Khin Maung Tin, U Kyaw Lin and U Soe Aung, Hluttaw Affairs Capacity-Promoting Advisory Board Chairperson Daw Su Su Lwin, Pyithu Hluttaw Representative Daw Pyone Kay Thi Naing, Rakhine State Electric Power, Industry and Transportation Minister U Aung Kyaw Zan, UEHRD Chief Coordinator Dr Aung Tun Thet, UEHRD Chairperson’s Advisor U Toe Oung, diplomats, departmental heads, donors, representatives from UN and ASEAN organizations, officials from NGOs and INGOs, representatives from communities in Rakhine State, and invited guests. —MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)