Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye led a delegation to Vientiane, Laos, to attend the 10th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Social Welfare and Development (AMMSWD) at Don Chan Palace Hotel.
During the opening ceremony, Laotian Deputy Prime Minister Mr Somdy Douangdy delivered a speech where he said this meeting will discuss the necessary framework for providing social protection for vulnerable youths, elderly and people with disabilities. He said the more important factor is to share assistance and cooperation on these matters between the nations.
The ministerial meeting then commenced and Dr Win Myat Aye said their strategic plan for social protection accords and protects the rights of embryos to the elderly, through implementing eight sectors, and in coherence with the Myanmar Sustainable Development Programme (MSDP). He said this year marks the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and that they held the World Children’s Day commemoration event in Nay Pyi Taw where they invited over a hundred children from across the country and demonstrated the importance of adults listening to children and their participation.
The Union Minister said they have enacted the new child rights law that will protect children living in conflict areas, in forced labour and those with disabilities. He said they have a strategic plan for 2020-2025 for the development of disabled persons and to be in line with UNCRPD. He said they provide monthly social pensions to elderly above 85 years of age and youths are providing cooperation and support to raise the capacity of the elderly.
The Union Minister said that just as ASEAN nations assist affiliated countries, Myanmar is cooperating with China, Japan and South Korea on protecting children, elderly and disabled persons. This includes cooperation with KOICA, JICA and China Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Programme, said Dr Win Myat Aye. —MNA
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)