Union Minister for Ethnic Affairs Nai Thet Lwin attended the Change-Challenges to Opportunities Forum held at Myanmar ICT Park Conference Hall, Yangon yesterday afternoon by Myanmar Ethnic Entrepreneurs’ Association (MEEA). The forum was held to honor the Myanmar Ethnics Culture Fest organized by MEEA from 25 to 30 January.
At the event the Union Minister said now is the time when unity of ethnic nationals and peace can be achieved only through the ethnic national brothers and sisters working hand in hand together. According to the title of the forum, successfully overcoming changes and challenges and obtaining opportunities and prospects requires having aims and goals in addition to having knowledge and expertise. As more knowledge and expertise can be obtained from forums like this, holding such forums will develop the people’s thoughts. The change desired by the people is not achieved simply by changing the Union government and state/region governments. If all the public servants under the Union and state/region governments didn’t change, a democracy system couldn’t be achieved. If the bad habits from the old system that the people didn’t like are not changed the people’s desire of a democracy system that protects the people wouldn’t be achieved. If the people didn’t have knowledge and expertise, they wouldn’t know whether the change is beneficial or protect the people. Only by conducting this sort of forum can the people know. The President had said that the Union wouldn’t be developed if the states and regions which are branches of the union weren’t developed. Ethnic business persons ought to work with foreign businesses in addition to conducting exhibitions and small and medium enterprises for the development of their region. Only then will ethnic national youths gain knowledge and have increasing job opportunities. If they went abroad to work, they wouldn’t be able to think about the development of our country and that is why job opportunities are required to be created. Peace is very important to create job opportunities. Through conducting forum like this and discussion, knowledge and expertise will increase allowing for the implementation of union peace, said the Union Minister.
Next, Prof. Dr. Aung Tun Thet and MEEA central executive member Nai Pe Hlaing delivered speeches and took commemorative group photo.
Following this, topics on Change-Challenges to Opportunities Forum were discussed by Voice Weekly Journal CEO U Zeya Thu, Institute for Strategy and Policy Myanmar Executive Driector U Min Zin, DICA Director General U Aung Naing Oo, MCRB Director Mrs. Vicky Bowman, MIT Founder and CEO Dr. U Tun Thura Thet and Yatanarpon Teleport Chief Operating Office Dr. Nandy Lynn. Later in the evening a dinner in honor of Myanmar Ethnics Culture Fest was hosted by MEEA at Kyaikkasan Ground, Yangon.
The dinner was attended by Union Minister Nai Thet Lwin, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Region Hluttaw Deputy Speaker, region ministers, ethnic affairs ministers from state/region governments, officials from MEEA and invited guests. At the dinner Union Minister Nai Thet Lwin delivered an opening speech while Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Theing and MEEA patron Prof. Dr. Aung Tun Thet delivered speeches. Afterwards donors who donated cash to successfully conduct the Myanmar Ethnics Culture Fest were honored with certificates of honors. —
MNA (Translated by Zaw Min)