Some of the most troubled areas of Burma will be the focus of a US$ 144 million United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which will tackle three main tasks to improve the regions’ development.
The three-year plan is to be carried out in Kachin, Kayin, Chin, Rakhine and Shan states, said the state-run New Light of Myanmar. The regions are the location of Burma’s longest ongoing ethnic armed movements and among the poorest areas of the country.
The three main tasks include eliminating extreme poverty and hunger by 2015, ensuring environmental sustainability, which is one of the UN Millennium Development Goals, and promotion of democracy and human rights through good governance.
Myanmar Minister of Border Affairs Lieutenant-General Thein Htay and a delegation led by Ajay Chhibber, the UN assistant secretary-general and director of the Regional Bureau of Asia and the Pacific, exchanged views on the plan in Naypyitaw on Monday.
The World Bank, donor countries, international organizations and UN organizations as well as local community groups will hold meetings in December to prepare for the program.
The UNDP will provide funds to begin the three-year project starting in 2013.
Other projects cover environmental conservation, upgrading legislative and executive skills and the opening of a UNDP branch office in Burma.
The offer was first discussed at a meeting between Vice President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham and Chhibber in May.