Myanmar to continue efforts to support economy amid COVID-19

To mitigate the negative socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods in Myanmar, the newly formed government under the Tatmadaw (military) will prioritise support for the agriculture industry, which employs around 70 percent of the country’s population, Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung
Lwin and Minister for International Cooperation U Ko Ko Hlaing told ambassadors of foreign embassies, diplomats and heads of UN agencies on February 5.

Meanwhile, it will also focus on creating employment, re-opening factories and distributing protective health items to control COVID-19, state media reported. It aims to enable the resumption of domestic travel and opening of hotels, strengthen existing COVID-19 containment methods and awareness programmes, and ensure the safety of foreign nationals currently residing in the country, including diplomats and the UN personnel.

An ongoing COVID-19 vaccination programme will continue, as will efforts to procure the vaccine through bilateral commercial arrangements and the COVAX Facility, the ministers said. On February 5, some 380,000 people which include teachers and the elderly were given the vaccine in Myanmar.

Meanwhile, international relief flights will resume, and plans are underway to expand the frequency of these flights. The Tatmadaw said it intends to continue forging friendly relations with the international community as well as with organisations like the UN and ASEAN. It will also honour existing bilateral and multilateral agreements.

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Source: Myanmar Times

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