Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint invited suggestions and general thoughts from young people regarding a wide variety of reforms, during a meeting yesterday.
At his meeting with a new generation of youths involved in the political, legislative, economic, health and education sectors in Yangon, the Union Minister said, “Youths at this meeting may have many ideas for the country, as these youths include foreign-trained scholars involved in international organizations and business companies.”
He also expressed his belief that the meeting would identify appropriate areas of cooperation and produce valuable opinions and views, as he encouraged free and open discussions from all participants.
Eleven youths from the political, legislative, economic, health and education sectors discussed a wide range of ideas, including the rights and difficulties of the ongoing democratic transition process, programs for health care, enacting proper legislative steps, and offering information about Myanmar through the distribution of films.
In response, the Union Minister called for ardent participation from youths with international knowledge in the political affairs of the country, as their involvement would help in the nation’s development, along with improving their own abilities.
After taking part in the meeting held at the Motion Picture Development Sub-Department of Information and Public Relations Department, the Union Minister delivered an address regarding the views of youths about film and the development of Myanmar’s animation films for children, at the Myanmar Film Development Centre.
At a follow-up workshop, the speaker and three youths took part in discussions about international film schools and how youths are portrayed in movies, and in the afternoon four youths who had finished a movie course at international schools joined in the roundtable talks. The speakers and officials also offered answers at the follow-up Q &A session.
Later, the Union Minister met trainees at the Yangon Film School (YFS), which is a Berlin-based non-profit organization founded by filmmaker Lindsey Merrison in 2005 with the aim of supporting and encouraging a burgeoning community of young media workers in Myanmar.
YFS regularly brings together experienced filmmakers from around the world, along with young Myanmar men and women, some of whom have little or no prior experience in media, for regular film trainings in Yangon, where they learn about all aspects of film making – from screenwriting to editing.
—MNA (Translated by TMT)