Friday, 13 June 2014

EU-Funded Crisis Management Center Opens In Myanmar

The new EU-funded Myanmar National Crisis Management Center was inaugurated on Wednesday in Myanmar's capital city of Nay Pyi Taw, the European bloc said in a statement.

The ceremony was witnessed by Myanmar's Home Affairs Minister U Ko Ko, several other Union Ministers, Head of the EU Delegation in Myanmar, Ambassador Roland Kobia, and Agostino Miozzo, Managing Director for Crisis Response in the European External Action Service (EEAS).

Under the authority of the President of Myanmar, the National Crisis Management Center will support the capacity development of the national authorities to perform effective crisis- related early warning thereby better responding to crisis situations in Myanmar.

The EU is currently working closely with the Myanmar authorities to enhance the national crisis response system of the country through capacity building and knowledge sharing. The establishment of the National Crisis Management Center is an important milestone for achieving this goal.

The staff of the National Crisis Management Center has already participated in two training programs organized by the EU in close cooperation with the Myanmar authorities. Further training programs will follow.

"The EU is committed to contributing to strengthening regional and international cooperation in the field of situation awareness and early warning systems for emergency situations," the statement read.

The National Crisis Management Center will also operate within the framework of a regional EU-funded project aiming to foster the capacities of ASEAN and its Member States in the area of early warning and responses to emergency situations by promoting inter- connectivity of ASEAN Member State crisis centers.

Based in Jakarta, this regional project will also strengthen the ASEAN Coordinating Center for humanitarian assistance and disaster management (AHA Center) and enhance the capacity of the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.

source: RTT News
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