NRPC holds workshop on capacity building for staff

Workshop on capacity building for NRPC staff held at NRPC in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA
Workshop on capacity building for NRPC staff held at NRPC in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

The National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) organized a workshop on capacity building for its staff in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. The workshop included sessions on Myanmar’s peace process, providing support to enhance awareness of the peace process, federalism, and peace support structures.
“The workshop aims to provide a comparative lens by discussing peace processes in other parts of the world. In terms of the support work done by the NRPC staff, sessions on diplomacy and protocol, communication, funding for peace, and essentials of presenting minutes and writing executive summaries have been arranged. We have also included a session on understanding the important role of women in Myanmar’s peace process,” said Deputy Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor, U Khin Maung Tin.
“We are confident that this workshop will furnish the necessary tools, skills, and building blocks for career advancement and capacity development. We would like to encourage staff to take ownership of their work and strive for personal excellence. We hope that this workshop will encourage behavioral change, and interest towards strengthening the administrative mechanisms of the government,” said the deputy minister.
The 11-member NRPC was established in July 2016, soon after the current Government took over and is chaired by State Counsellor Daw Aung San
Suu Kyi.
The Union Government is currently implementing the peace process to reach a political agreement to sign the Union Accord, and to implement steps for establishing a Union based on democracy and federalism.
“Establishing a federal Union and achieving the democratic standards anticipated by the government will take time and can only be done step by step,” said Deputy Minister U Khin Maung Tin, “We are steadfast in achieving the ultimate goal of a democratic federal Union, regardless of the challenges it presents.”
Till now, 51 political agreements have been entered into. The government has reiterated its commitment to establish a Union based on democracy and federalism, which has been requested continuously by ethnic groups. In his speech, the deputy minister also expressed thanks to the EU for its contribution to and financial support for the NRPC’s aims and goals.
“Implementation of peace is a long-term process as the government, ethnic armed groups, and political groups seek consensus towards drafting a Union Accord. The NRPC will need continuous assistance and cooperation from friendly countries like the EU, both in financial and technical aspects. We are grateful for the understanding, trust, and support shown by some countries who appreciate the complexities of the peace process and continue to support us,” said U Khin Maung Tin.
The EU’s Ambassador to Myanmar, Mr. Kristian Schmidt, also made opening remarks at the session. During the first session of the workshop, Professor Dr. Aung Tun Thet, U Zaw Htay and U Moe Zaw Oo gave talks on the peace process in Myanmar, Dr. Ngun Kyon Lyan spoke on federal systems, U Hla Maung Shwe and U Aung Naing Oo spoke on supporting peace, and Dr. Min Zaw Oo gave a talk on international conflicts.
In further sessions, Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun and U Kyaw Myaing of UEHRD will give talks on communication and relations, Dr. San San Aye and Daw Nan Raw will speak on the role of women in the peace process, U Maung Wai and Daw Kaythi Soe will talk about external relations and diplomacy, Daw Su Mon Nyein and Kam Sian Thang will speak about the peace fund, and Daw Moe Thuzar and Daw Khaing Myat Chit will give talks on meeting records.—MNA

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