1. BIMSTEC Workshop on Climate Change and Disaster Management (Yangon, 17-18 June 2019) 2. Bilateral with Bangladesh Institute of Policy and Security Studies (Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw, 24 to 28 June 2019) 3. Bilateral with Islamabad Policy Research Institute (Yangon 3 to 5 July 2019) 4. Quarterly Meeting between Myanmar and Bangladesh Scholars in Singapore from 8 to 10 July 2019 The first event an initiative taken by MISIS and co-organized with FES Yangon was held at Melia Hotel beginning with a welcome dinner on 17 June 2019. This is the first time in the history of MISIS that a Track 2 workshop with think tanks under the umbrella of the BIMSTEC Network of Think Tanks (BNTT) took place. All seven BIMSTEC member countries were representated at the workshop. In attendance were also two Directors from BIMSTEC Secretariat, Dhaka. The inaugural ceremony kicked off with a keynote speech by H.E. U Myint Thu, Permanent Secretary of MOFA. Welcome remarks were delivered by Chairman of MISIS, Director-in-Charge of Climate Change and Disaster Management in the BIMSTEC Secretariat, Mr. Pankaj Hazarika and Project Manager of FES, Yangon U Kaung Myat Soe. It was also attended by the Ambassadors of Sri Lanka, Thailand and the DCM of the Indian Embassy. Representatives made country presentations and experiences and knowledge among the participants were shared. The outcome of the workshop will be submitted through the BNTT of which Bhutan is the incumbent chair to the SOM of BIMSTEC for their consideration and appropriate action. The topic chosen for the workshop is timely and most appropriate as the world is facing serious challenges due to climate change and the voice of regional groupings such as BIMSTEC should be heard by the global community.
Co-hosted by MISIS, Yunnan Academy of Social Science, Dehong County Autonomous Government, Chinese Embassy in Yangon and the Institute of Myanmar Studies, Yunnan University, the 3rd Myanmar-China Think Tank Forum was held at the NRPC building in Yangon on 21 May 2019. It was attended by 50 Chinese scholars and around 40 Myanmar scholars. The theme of this year’s forum is “The BRI and the CMEC”. Opening remarks were delivered by MISIS Chairman, Minister Counsellor of Chinese Embassy, President of the YASS and the Vice-President of Dehong County Autonomous Government. The meeting will run for two full days. The first and second forums were held in Mangshi, Dehong County in May 2017 and 2018. It is the largest assembly of Myanmar and Chinese Think Tanks and independent scholars and researchers. The outcomes of the meeting will be reported to the respective governments of the two countries.
Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar H.E. Mr. Hong Liang, gave a talk to MISIS audience at MISIS meeting room yesterday, 20 May 2019. He spoke on the “Reflection of Chinese Ambassador’s experience in Myanmar”. He focused his talk on (a) the significance and importance of Pauk Phaw friendship (b) the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence in the conduct of International Relations (c) The BRI and the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor-Socioeconomic Development of Myanmar.
At the initiative of the Indian Ambassador H.E. Mr. Saurabh Kumar, two distinguished experts on Constitutional Federalism from India Mr. Shakti Sinha and Mr. Vishwa Nath Alok held discussions with MISIS members, representatives of various think tanks in Myanmar and other interested persons on Federalism. Chairman of MISIS U Nyunt Maung Shein welcomed the Indian speakers and expressed his appreciation and thanks to the Ambassador of India for introducing the experts to the Myanmar audience. It is a timely and relevant matter for Myanmar as Federalism is an issue which is topical and under discussion by the people of all walks life in Myanmar. The occasion was also attended by U Naing Ngan Lin, Minister for Social Affairs of the Yangon Regional Government. The Indian experts shared India’s experience on the topic. A lively round of discussions took place after the presentations.
This morning a delegation from the President’s National Economic Advisory Council (NEAC) from the Republic of Korea headed by Dr. Jaymin Lee, Vice Chairman of NEAC visited MyanmarISIS and had discussions on the current Socio-Economic situation in Myanmar as well as the Economic Policy and outlook of the economy of Myanmar. He also briefed MyanmarISIS on the New Southern Policy of Korea. The discussions concluded on the way forward to enhancing cooperation between ROK and Myanmar. The NEAC is an organization established under the constitution of ROK to provide policy advice to the President of Korea on matters concerning the National Economy.
H.E. Mr. Christian LECHERVY, Ambassador of France to Myanmar gave a lecture on “France, a neighbouring country of Indo-Pacific Region” at Myanmar ISIS today from 10 a.m. to noon. The presentation was attended by Myanmar ISIS members, Dean of Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador of Brunei H.E. Mr. Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Pahlawan Colonel(R) Dato Paduka Haji Abdu’r Rahmani bin Dato Paduka Haji Basir, the Ambassador of the Philippines H.E. Mr. Eduardo E. Kapunan, Jr., interns at Myanmar ISIS, officials from Political Department and Strategic Studies and Training Department from MOFA, Students and Professors from IR Department from Yangon and Dagon Universities. The Ambassador shared his insights on France’s position regarding the Indo-Pacific Strategy taking into account Franceh Territories in the Indian and the Pacific Oceans. ASEAN as well as Myanmar’s role in this strategy was discussed at length by the Ambassador. His presentation was followed by a round of Q and A.
H.E. Mr. Ichiro MARUYAMA Ambassador of Japan to Myanmar made a presentation on "Japan-Myanmar Relations - the Experiences of a Diplomat" at MISIS to an audience of MISIS members, MAAS Chairman and Vice Chairman, professors and students of IR Department of Yangon and Dagon Universities as well as senior officers from MOFA. He touched upon the background of Japan-Myanmar Relations during the different political eras of Myanmar with special emphasis on relations during U Thein Sein Administration and the present NLD Government.
At the invitation of Myanmar Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Khun Kavi Chongkittavorn research fellow, Chulalongkorn University’s Institute of Security and International Studies visited Yangon and made a presentation on “Thailand’s ASEAN Chair: Daunting Challenges” on 18 February 2019 at Myanmar ISIS. The Thai Ambassador-designate Ms. Suphatra SRIMAITREEPHITHAK and Senior Officers from ASEAN Affairs Department, Political Department, and Strategic Studies and Training Department from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and professors and students from International Relations Department Yangon University and Dagon University and Myanmar ISIS members attended the discourse. He spoke about the diverse issues that Thailand as Chair of ASEAN 2019 will seek to address. Following are the issues: - Strengthen ASEAN centrality in Indo-Pacific outlook - Promoting TAC as a global code of conduct - Finishing three-reading of the COC draft COC by the end of this year - Engaging North Korea on denuclearization, socializing on regional integration - Prevention cohesive intervention: Help with humanitarian assistance and repatriation process in Rakhine State under the framework of ASEAN - Completing Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) - Strengthening ASEAN cyber security related issues - Preparing ASEAN for 4IR (4.0 Industrial Revolution) - Empowering ASEAN secretariat and speedier decision making process during crisis.
Dr. Ksenia A. EFREMOVA, Associate Professor at the Department School of Asian and African Studies and MGIMO University, Moscow delivered a lecture on “Russia’s Turn to the East: Implications for Myanmar and Southeast Asia” at Myanmar ISIS this morning. Her area of Studies is in Myanmar and Chinese Philology. She has authored two books and a number of articles on Myanmar in Russian. This is the third time that eminent scholars from MGIMO University have visited Myanmar ISIS. The event was attended by Myanmar ISIS members, Professors and Students of International Relations Department of Yangon University. Last year the ASEAN-Russia Network of Think Tanks was founded and the first meeting took place in Moscow. This May the second ASEAN-Russian Network of Think Tanks meeting is scheduled to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia. In recent years, Russia has showed interest in ASEAN much more than before with President Putin attending the EAS under the Chairmanship of Singapore in 2018.
Ba Hla Aye's presentation at the Roundtable on the Korean Peninsula
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