Germany commits 34.5 million EUR in development cooperation

16 November 2018
Germany commits 34.5 million EUR in development cooperation
Ambassador Dorothee Janetzke-Wenzel. Photo: German Embassy Yangon

Myanmar and Germany have concluded their bilateral government- to government talks on development cooperation in Nay Pyi Taw. Germany used this opportunity to commit 34.5 million EUR (about 39 million USD) for continuing the cooperation in the two focal areas: sustainable economic development, and rural development including food and nutrition security, according to a statement. 

In an open and constructive atmosphere, the two governments discussed milestones as well as challenges in their bilateral development cooperation. 

H.E. Dorothee Janetzke-Wenzel emphasized: “Germany stands ready to continue to support Myanmar in its multiple transitions towards a peaceful and inclusive democracy.”

Germany has also urged Myanmar to address the root causes of the crisis in Rakhine and to implement the recommendations of the Rakhine Advisory Commission. Germany is waiting to see that Myanmar establishes the conditions for a safe, dignified and voluntary return of the Rohingyas. It must also ensure that those responsible for serious violations of human rights are held accountable. 

Jutta Kranz-Plote, head of division, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, emphasized, “Since 2012, the German-Myanmar development cooperation has already achieved important milestones; more than 100.000 people have now a year-round access to roads, more than 4.000 students could study in well-equipped and well trained vocational training centres, tea farmers from Shan-State got access to  the European market,. With our new commitment, we hope to continue the good cooperation in order to strengthen inclusive growth that benefits all.”