By invitation of the Nippon Foundation, Union Minister for Border Affairs Lt-Gen Ye Aung visited Japan with his delegation last week. He met with Nippon Foundation Chairman Mr. Yohei Sasakawa on 29 and 30 March.
During the meetings, they openly discussed the collaborative effort by Nippon Foundation and the Ministry of Border Affairs for developing the border regions and human resources in Kayin and Mon states, which will in turn support the peace process. They discussed the construction of new learning facilities in Rakhine and Shan states under the Education for Peace and Development project, and renovating existing learning centers. They also discussed setting up a technical institute in Hpa-an with support from Bridge Asia Japan, and future cooperation.
Yesterday, the Union Minister and delegation were accompanied by officials from Nippon Foundation to the National Institute of Technology, Nagaoka College. There, they exchanged views on upgrading the technical institutes for ethnic youths in border areas, procuring learning aides and technical support, and creating employment opportunities for youths graduating from the institutes.
Afterwards, the Union Minister arrived in International University of Japan (IUJ) and were welcomed by its president and officials. They discussed the collaboration between the Ministry of Border Affairs and IUJ, with support from Nippon Foundation, to provide public administration and leadership skill courses to ministry staff, progress made on that front, and future plans. The Union Minister then met with Myanmar students attending the university with ministry scholarships and gave them words of encouragement.
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)