Working with Myanmar, South-South cooperation with Indonesia gains momentum

Oct 27, 2015

Jakarta, October 27 - Men in longyis (sarongs) and women in traditional Myanmarese dresses lightened up the atmosphere at the start of a week-long workshop on planning and budgeting in the capital city of Indonesia.

Under the South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) framework and with support from the Government of Norway, 21 Myanmar civil servants gathered to learn and share their experiences with their Indonesian counterparts under the leadership of the Indonesian National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS).

The Myanmar officials were from the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.

UNDP Indonesia Country Director Christophe Bahuet said UNDP has made South-South and Triangular Cooperation a central pillar of its work around the world. UNDP’s role is to foster South-South exchanges so the development experience gained by developing countries, in particular middle-income ones like Indonesia, can be extended.

“The country’s development experience and successful and peaceful transition to democracy is of relevance and interest to other developing countries within ASEAN and beyond. The knowledge-sharing that we are engaging in today is an excellent illustration of this relevance and interest, and of what SSTC can do,” Bahuet said in his opening remarks.

On his Twitter account, Ambassador of Norway for Indonesia Stig Traavik described the week-long gathering that will see the Myanmar participants to the ancient city of Yogyakarta, as “Meaningful cooperation and exchange of the South-South and regional co-operation”.

Moh-Moh-Thi, a civil servant from the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development, said they were very enthusiastic to learn new aspects of government planning, such as spatial planning for urban and regional development.

Both UNDP Myanmar and UNDP Indonesia have played a crucial role in facilitating a series of knowledge exchanges of best practices and lessons learnt in the areas of social cohesion, as well as women’s empowerment and participation in social cohesion.

UNDP and the Government of Indonesia, under the Partnership Framework Agreement signed on 28 September 2012, agreed to strengthen their cooperation, particularly in promoting South-South and Triangular Cooperation as an effective tool for addressing the challenges faced by developing countries in achieving sustainable development, through the sharing of knowledge, development experience, best practices, methodologies and lessons learned.

Tomi Soetjipto
UNDP Communication Specialist; +62811888814
Deanna Ramsay
UNDP Communication Officer +812 974 18703

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