Union Minister U Kyaw Tin delivers statement at 13th Bali Democracy Forum via Video Link

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Union Minister U Kyaw Tin. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin participated in the Ministerial Session of the 13th Bali Democracy Forum held in Bali, Indonesia on 10 December 2020, and delivered a statement via video-link. At the forum, Ms Retno L.P. Marsudi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, delivered an inaugural speech and the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and Secretary-General of the United Nations also delivered remarks via video-link at the opening session of the Forum.
In his statement, the Union Minister expressed his appreciation to the Government of Indonesia for organizing the Forum to promote democracy and inclusive development amidst the most challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stressing the need for global cooperation in the fight against the pandemic, he stated that the current health crisis offered an opportunity for the revitalization of multilateralism. The threat of the pandemic on democracy, he added, is attributable partly to the fact that the COVID-19 control measures curtail the right and freedom of individuals, reverse progress on poverty and widen inequality. The Union Minister also underscored the importance of political leadership and people’s participation in defeating the pandemic, and stated that according to Myanmar’s experience “four Ps”, i.e. political leadership, preventive measures, peoples’ participation and partnership could yield tangible results in the fight against the pandemic.
Furthermore, the Union Minister also shared Myanmar’s experiences in successfully holding the 2020 general elections during the pandemic by adopting strict measures and health guidelines for the voting process and by providing COVID-19 protection equipment to voters to ensure public health safety. He stated that the 2020 general electionsis a testament to the people’s continued faith in and strong desire for democracy in Myanmar, and it set another milestone in the history of Myanmar’s democratization process.
The Union Minister emphasized the need for the Forum to further promote democratic principles, to support countries striving for democracy by assisting them to overcome their challenges, and to redouble efforts to foster democracy, peace and prosperity in the region.
The Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) was initiated by Indonesia in 2008 to create a progressive democratic architecture in the Asia-Pacific region. This year’s 13th Bali Democracy Forum (13th BDF) was convened under the theme of “Democracy and the COVID-19 Pandemic” and in the Ministerial Session, Union Minister U Kyaw Tin, ASEAN Secretary General, Vice-President for Democracy and Demography of European Commission, and Foreign Ministers from Jordan, Ecuador, Spain, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Australia and the Republic of Korea delivered video statements, and altogether 84 delegations from 75 countries and 9 international organizations participated in the Forum.—MNA

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