Mixed signals: Aung San Suu Kyi voices need for aid, investments

Aung San Suu Kyi, general secretary of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy, at the annual International Labor Conference. Photo by: Violaine Martin / U.N. Photo

Aung San Suu Kyi called for aid and investments to her country at the just concluded annual International Labor Organization conference, just days after advising the international community to temper optimism in re-engaging with Myanmar.

Suu Kyi made the appeal in a speech she delivered on the last day of the forum, which ran May 30 to June 14. The lawmaker asked donors to provide aid that will foster “democracy-friendly development growth” in the country.

Further, foreign direct investments and vocational training that will create jobs are “imperative” to safeguard Myanmar’s future. More than being jobless, “hopelessness” is driving the country’s unemployed youth to lose confidence in the country, Suu Kyi said.

Suu Kyi is now in Europe where she is set to receive her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, June 16.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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