U.S. Organizes Seminar for Myanmar’s Junior Diplomats

Group of people sitting at table. (Mission Image)NAY PYI TAW – Thirty young diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other ministries completed a five-day seminar July 14-18, 2014 to further refine their understanding of ASEAN and the growing role of the organization in defining issues of concern common to Myanmar and its neighbors.

The program, organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in conjunction with the U.S. Mission to ASEAN and the Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs, covered topics such as the meaning of the ASEAN Charter, how to work in a multi-lateral context, and inter-active sessions on chairing ASEAN meetings.  The agenda topics were designed to give the participants the skills and knowledge required to engage more deeply in ASEAN policy issues that have an impact on Myanmar.  The agenda also provided a broader context and understanding of the meetings and multilateral events the diplomats will be supporting and participating in during the remainder of Myanmar’s ASEAN Chairmanship year.  The program was delivered by the Singapore-based ASEAN Studies Centre, which is headed by former ASEAN Secretary-General, Rodolfo C Severino.

“This year is a momentous one as Myanmar takes the rotating chair of ASEAN for the first time since joining the regional body in 1997, ” said ASEAN Director-General U Aung Lynn, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Over the course of one year, there are over 1,000 ASEAN meetings on a range of issues on Political and Security, Economic and Socio-Cultural, convened among ASEAN Member State governments and with the dialogue partners and civil societies.”

Contributing to the professional development of these young leaders will benefit the country as is completes its chairmanship and looks forward to ASEAN Community Integration in 2015.

For more information on Myanmar’s chairmanship: visit Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs