Vice President U Myint Swe attends ‘Green Economy’ meeting

Vice President U Myint Swe delivers the speech at the opening ceremony of the Inception and Implementation Meeting of the ASEAN Institute for a Green Economy  at MICC-2 in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Myint Swe delivers the speech at the opening ceremony of the Inception and Implementation Meeting of the ASEAN Institute for a Green Economy at MICC-2 in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Myint Swe attended the opening ceremony of the Inception and Implementation Meeting on the ASEAN Institute for a Green Economy (AIGE) held yesterday at the Myanmar International Convention Center-II (MICC-II) in Nay Pyi Taw, at which he said an environmentally responsible policy for economic development should be formulated.
In his opening speech, Vice President U Myint Swe said the ASEAN region, with a population of more than 630 million, was one of the world’s biggest markets and stands as an important pillar in the world trade sector. It is expected to become the principal region in world trade. As a consequence, there will be an increasing demand for natural resources.
“The livelihoods of the people in the ASEAN region are still dependent on natural resources, and it is very important to manage and use the natural resources in a sustainable way. Most of the ASEAN countries face the effects of increase in population, poverty and climate change that results in heightened challenges of damage to historical and cultural heritages, depletion of natural resources, losses in biodiversity, drought and increased occurrences of natural disasters.
To overcome these challenges, all need to work together in acquiring a green and clean neighbourhood. Myanmar also believes that it can best overcome the environmental problems it faces by cooperating with ASEAN countries and international organizations”, he said.
“Sustained economic development can only be achieved through protecting and preserving the natural environment and our ASEAN countries had also pledged to increase the protection and preservation of the natural environment. Our target is to establish a green and clean ASEAN in order to implement a sustainable economic development in 2020, which is our common aim”.
To reach the target of a green and clean natural environment in the ASEAN region, AIGE will become a basic foundation through which information and experiences are exchanged between ASEAN member countries and development partner organizations and cooperation is increased.
As ASEAN member countries increase the implementation processes of sustainable development, AIGE is expected to do more for policies and practices that increase green economies in the ASEAN community.
“Socio-economic development, longevity, wealth and affluence from the present Myanmar economic situation depend on an ecosystem that is functioning well. Only when there is a good ecosystem can there be food sufficiency, clean water, protection from natural disasters and sufficient energy. Therefore, we need to value the natural environment and the good outcome of a good ecosystem.
“The country is striving toward an economy that creates jobs, wealth and maintains the richness of natural environment as well as creates new policy and strategy that will produce a better future”, he said.
National-level natural environment policy, strategy on main work processes, national-level policy on climate change, strategy and work processes, national level waste management strategy and green economy policy framework are being drawn up as new policies and strategies.
In the green economy policy framework, sectors that raise green economy investment are being set and conducted as a priority. This requires investments that protect the natural environment and benefit the people.
Myanmar is including green development and climate change matters in national and regional-level sector development processes as well as pledging to implement a 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Yesterday’s meeting hopes to provide an opportunity to discuss the establishment of investment and businesses based on green technology that reduce carbon emissions in the ASEAN region. Discussions will continue until 9 February.—Myanmar News Agency

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