On Saturday, July 12th, Green Lotus launched the « Myanmar Platform for Dialogue on Green Growth » at the British Ambassador’s residence.
More than one hundred participants attended the launching event, including Mr Andrew Patrick, the British Ambassador, high government officials, several Members of Parliament from various political parties, CSO representatives and many different actors from Myanmar society interested in embracing a « Green Growth » path.
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In the wonderful location, the guests enjoyed local wine and food catered by a local social enterprise and met with people sharing the same views but working in different fields.
In his opening speech, the UK Ambassador, Mr. Patrick Andrew, mentioned the risks inherent to opportunities of massive investments. « We couldn’t dealing with a more important subject than sustainable development in this country », annouced the UK Ambassador.
Mr Brûlé, the Green Lotus Chairman, said how much he believed in Myanmar’s ability to avoid the mistakes made by developed countries in the past. He is also confident in Myanmar’s future « There is a room, in this special country, for green economy, green agriculture, green cities, green renewable energy ».
Then, after a short presentation of the Platform itself by Green Lotus staff, the Chairmen of the three committees gave engaging speeches on the challenges faced by Myanmar and on what can be expected and done from the Platform.
« Managing natural resources is managing equity also ». annouced U Ohn, FREDA Chairman and Chairman of the 1st committee of the Platform on natural capital.« The most eminent challenge that Asia countries have to face is climate change, especially Myanmar. Thousand of life are concerned ! » said Dr Tun Lwin, from the Myanmar Climate Change Watch and Chairman of the 2nd committee on renewable energies. « This National Dialogue is a great opportunity for Myanmar people to enhance a sustainable path for our country! » believed Tharzin Oo, Gaihahita Charmain and Chairman of the 3rd committee on sustainable cities.
Among guests many expressed satisfaction to take part of this project and the efficiency of this kind of project for Myanmar. « I hope many academics and other CSOs to join the Green Growth Platform and to understand what is happenning in Myanmar » said Yin Yin Pyiu (Green Way co-funder).
The committee meetings will start in August, and a website: www.greengrowthdialogue.org has been set up to inform the platform’s members, public and media on the evolution of the process.
A broadly shared conclusion: let’s get started!