Friday, May 18, 2012

Burma to receive $144 million in aid projects from U.N.

Friday, 18 May 2012 14:41 Mizzima News

(Mizzima) – Burma will receive US$ 144 million to implement a three-year project starting in 2013 in areas including environmental conservation, upgrading legislative and executive skills and opening a U.N. branch office in Burma.

The money will come from the U.N. Development Program (UNDP), said the state-run New Light of Myanmar on Friday.

Ajay Chhibber and Vice President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham in Naypyitaw on Thursday, May 17, 2012. Photo: president's website

The offer was proposed by visiting UNDP Assistant Secretary-General and Director of Regional Bureau of Asia and the Pacific Ajay Chhibber at a meeting with Vice President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham in Naypyitaw on Thursday, the article said.

In another meeting between speaker of the Parliament Khin Aung Myint and Chhibber, the pair discussed a wide range of projects including cooperation programs with the Parliament, increased assistance for speeding up development in light of easing of international sanctions, parliamentary assistance, promotion of competency of Parliament members (MPs), more measures for environmental conservation regarding climate change, promotion of living standards, measures for systematically shaping the economy, economic plans and provision of technical aid.

Sai also met with visiting the special adviser to the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, Dr. Nafis Sadik, on Thursday, focusing on more international aid for Burma’s health sector and promotion of knowledge dissemination work, mutual exchange of HIV/ AIDS information and data, provision of technological expertise and necessary amendments to laws related to the health sector.

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