NAY PYI TAW, 14 August 2019 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Myanmar hosted the Training in Project Management for Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) Officers on August 12-14 in Nay Pyi Taw.

In their remarks, Permanent Representative of Myanmar Mission to ASEAN Ambassador Min Lwin, Ambassador of Japan to ASEAN Kazuo Sunaga and Permanent Secretary of MOFA Myanmar Myint Thu, highlighted the importance of the training in narrowing the development gap within the region.

The training was a joint effort of the ASEAN Affairs Department of MOFA Myanmar, the Permanent Mission of Myanmar to ASEAN, the ASEAN Secretariat particularly the Programme Cooperation and Project Management Division, the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Management Team and the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) of the Philippines. It aims to enhance the skills of CLMV officials in project cycle management as well as in developing ASEAN Cooperation Projects.

Fifty-six participants representing various ministries of CLMV actively participated in the three-day training, which consisted of lectures/presentations, discussion and group exercises by AIM on project performance management system, the work of leadership: facing adaptive challenges, and project scheduling. This was complemented by presentation on ASEAN Project Cycle and workshop on ASEAN Cooperation project proposal development facilitated by ASEAN Secretariat. The JAIF Management Team also presented an overview of JAIF and its financial disbursement and reporting systems for projects.

Participants engaged with the facilitators to know more about different elements of project performance management system such as situation and problem analysis, project scheduling techniques, and the processes of developing ASEAN cooperation projects using the ASEAN project templates. They expressed appreciation for the interactive lectures and exercises and the opportunity to know the relevant mechanisms and processes of ASEAN Cooperation Projects for their future ASEAN project proposal development. Based on the group work discussions divided according to the three ASEAN Community Pillars, the participants came up with project concepts related to tourism, rice value chain, human trafficking and disaster preparedness.

Participants were given the opportunity to progressively develop and present their draft project concepts and were provided with inputs from the ASEAN Secretariat and the representatives from the JMT.

The training is designed to support the implementation of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Work Plan III, which aims “to assist the CLMV countries to meet ASEAN-wide targets and commitments towards realising the goals of the ASEAN Community.” It is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.