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EU cooperation with Asia: Press trip to Myanmar

04 April - 08 April 2016, Myanmar (DG DEVCO 2016)

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The European Journalism Centre, in cooperation with the European Commission's Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development, invites 12 EU28 journalists on a three-day press visit to explore development cooperation between the EU and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

The EU's overall strategic objective in Myanmar is to support peace, security and stability, while promoting inclusive growth and sustainable development, through the on-going reform process. To this end, the EU aims to encourage political, social and economic development, foster respect for human rights and assist the government in rebuilding its place in the international community. Myanmar is benefitting from the second largest EU bilateral development cooperation envelope in Asia. ?688 million are foreseen to be invested in the period 2014-2020 in bilateral support to four focal sectors - education, rural development, good governance and rule of law, and peace building support.

The press trip will start in Yangon, where the journalists will take part in a briefing with representatives from the EU Delegation on the general political context and the current state of play of EU ? Myanmar development cooperation. The press trip will continue with field visits to different EU-funded projects in support of the peace process, governance and economic development.

Participants will have an opportunity to engage with international and local partners of an EU flag ship project supporting the democratic and electoral reform process. Another visit is planned to showcase EU support to strengthen governance through a project which helps local institutions to manage solid waste and to increase community awareness of best practices in solid waste management. The programme will also include a visit to an ethnic area where the EU funds projects promoting reconciliation and return of IDPs (Internally Displaced People); access to education, health care, water and sanitation for communities affected by conflict, and civil society engagement in human rights issues. The journalists will have the opportunity to visit garment factories that are supported in improving production standards and employment conditions.

The press trip is planned for 4-8 April 2016, with arrival in Yangon on 4 April and departure on 8 April (with the option of flying back in and out at an earlier or later date, respectively).

A more detailed seminar programme will be available shortly. The event will give priority to journalists covering foreign affairs and development issues.

Please note that the organisers will cover travel and accommodation during the three-day visit as well as the visa to Myanmar. For more information about the programme, please contact Biba Klomp at klomp@ejc.net.

If you are interested in attending this seminar, please register & apply directly on our EJC Seminars website by Wednesday, 2 March 2016. Please note, all seminar dates, times and project visits are subject to change.

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