Asian Development Bank holds meeting with Mon State CSOs

October 19, 2016

On October 12, 2016, Asian Development Bank (ADB) held a meeting named “Country Partnership Strategy Consultation” with Mon State Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) at Shwe Myint Mo Tun Hotel in Mawlamyine, Mon State.

ADB introduced their future projects that will take place in Mon State and looked for consultation from Mon State CSOs. Their goal is to achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth and job creation for poverty reduction.

Projects that they are going to implement in Mon State are: East-West Economic Corridor in Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS); HIV/AIDS Prevention and Capacity building in GMS; Town developments through road advancement in GMS; Poverty Reduction and Employment opportunities for Women through East-West corridor; and Equipping Youth for Employment.

The county partnership strategy project is a five-year project starting in 2017 to 2021. Their priorities are on infrastructure, agriculture and rural development, education and training.

ADB have claimed that during this development project period, they will make sure that they follow the environmental and socio-economic impact assessment policies which state that there will not be any negative impacts to the local people and the environment.

ADB reemerged in Myanmar in 2012 after 20 years as Myanmar became an ADB member in 1973. After 1988, they halted any projects in Myanmar. In early 2014, they opened and developed the Myanmar Resident Mission with offices in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon.

ADB have said that in the past, they came with their own plans and funds which ended up having a negative impact on the people. They have now realized that they require a new strategy and will cooperate closely with CSOs, especially since CSOs work very closely with the community.

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