Thailand, Myanmar: Neighbors and development partners

    Children at an IDP camp in Myanmar’s Kachin state. Photo by: United to End Genocide / CC BY-NC-ND

    Thailand has joined the pack of countries that have started re-engaging with Myanmar: It has pledged support for its neighbor’s infrastructure, energy and human resources development.

    Agreement to work on these areas, as well as on capacity-building activities ahead of Myanmar’s 2014 chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, was reached during the recent visit of Myanmar President Thein Sein in Thailand, the Bangkok Post reports.

    Sein and the government of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra also agreed to discuss pending issues around a proposed economic zone in southern Myanmar. The two countries have assigned a joint working group to address outstanding differences.

    Meanwhile, the Singapore Red Cross seeks to support the Myanmar Red Cross Society with a $2 million aid pledge. The money will be used for six projects that include improving the digital connectivity of MRCS offices and launching a safety and first aid campaign for volunteers and community leaders, the Myanmar Times says. The projects also include distribution of school kits living in internally displaced camps in Myanmar’s Kachin state.

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    • Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.

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