June 20, 2012
On June 20, Crown Agents USA and SID-Washington hosted an event on ‘The Re-emergence of Burma: Challenges and Opportunities.’ Panelists included Crown Agents Representative Tristan Burton, JICA USA Chief Representative Keiichiro Nakazawa, and USAID's Officer-in-Charge for Burma Nitin Madhav. Brian Joseph from the National Endowment for Democracy moderated the discussion.
At the event, Mr. Nakazawa spoke about the history of Japan's development cooperation with Burma/Myanmar and its current plans to assist the country. After recent political and economic reforms and successful by-elections in April, Japan announced that it would resume providing extensive development assistance to Myanmar.
Moving forward, JICA plans to support Myanmar in key priority areas: livelihoods improvement (which includes assistance to ethnic minorities and IDPs, rural development, food assistance, and disaster prevention); assistance for capacity development and institutional development (to support Myanmar's human resources development, fiscal reforms, development policy planning, and regulatory frameworks for Special Economic Zones); and infrastructure development (particularly in the greater Yangon area and the Thilawa port area).