The passage of Myanmar’s National Youth Policy has been a unique opportunity for the youth party to engage in policy advocacy and monitoring. Prior to its passage, DIPD had supported consultations in Kachin State, Shan State, Mandalay Regional and Ayeyarwaddy Regions with political party youth and other interested youth, as well at the national level, where political party youth drafted a policy memo, which they submitted to the technical working committee for the policy.
Myanmar Multiparty Democracy Programme of DIPD led 30 young people from political parties to visit the Myanmar Parliament and the Department of Social Welfare on 8-9 February in Nay Pyi Taw. This initiative is through the Step Democracy Programme of the European Union.
The youth delegates visited the Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement; the Women and Children Affairs Committee from the Upper House; the International Relations Department of Parliament; the Parliamentary Library; and the NDI- Parliamentary Resource Center.
On the first day the Minister H.E Dr. Wing Myat Aye received the delegation team and gave a special talk to the group. The Minister said:
“This delegation team is the first group who came and visited us, and the group will be role model for others. This youth group is represented from across political parties. This great representation is essential since Myanmar is in an ongoing process of democratic transition, where multiparty participation is really important. I would like to encourage to all of you; let’s cooperate with each other, fully and actively participate in the implementation process of National Youth Policy.”
Daw Khin Thu Zar of the Ministry also explained the implementation process of National Youth Policy, the planning of consultation and launching workshop from each states and region, and how the young people can participate in the implementation process. The party youth were fully engaged in asking questions regarding the National Youth Policy and its implementation process.
Implementation process of youth policy
Daw Khin Thu Zar from the Ministry also explained the implementation process of National Youth Policy, the planning of consultation and launching workshop from each state and region, and how the young people can participate in the implementation process. The youth parties were fully engaged in asking questions regarding the National Youth Policy and its implementation process.
Furthermore, the group visited the Women and Children Affairs Committee. The Chairperson Dr. Mya Thaung, the secretary Naw Hla Hla Soe and other team members warmly welcomed the visitors. The secretary explained how the committee functions, and the youth delegates had a chance to ask questions and link their newfound knowledge to their own local issues. The last section for the first day outreach programme finished at the NDI – Parliamentary Resource Center.
The youth party delegates discussed different issues, such as rule of law, child soldiers, drug abuse among young people and the link between the committee and the Local Parliaments.
“We do appreciate DIPD for this opportunity to interact with Parliament and the Social Welfare Ministry. We never had that kind of a chance to explore Parliament and relevant ministries and departments. A great thing we learned was how political youth party can cooperate in policy implementation processes. We also had the chance to discuss with minister and high-ranking officer from Social Welfare Department.” Sai Tun Aye, youth delegate from Shan National Development Party”, says Sai Tun Aye, youth delegate from Shan National Development Party.
The programme is a part of the youth capacity building activity of Myanmar Multiparty Democracy Programme (MMDP). The programs objectives are to enhance the capacity of political youth to understand the functions of Ministry, Parliaments and the Organizations and Department, which is provided by Parliaments and National Youth Policy process.
Read about DIPD’s engagements in Myanmar
Contact Khin Thazin Myint, Myanmar Country Representative: email@example.com or (+95) 9 519 4929