Myanmar Seeks Learning Opportunities at Institute for Peace and Democracy

15 November, 2013 | Source: Antara News

Some 60 delegates from Myanmar will study politics and democracy at the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD) at Bali’s state-run Udayana University, according to the organizer of the current Bali Democracy Forum (BDF).

“Sixty participants from Myanmar will take part in the IPD workshop for two days,” one of the BDF initiators, Hassan Wirajuda, said after the opening of the Sixth BDF here on Thursday.

The former Indonesian foreign minister noted that this move reflected the positive impact of the IDF and BDF on the world, especially for countries that are transitioning towards democracy.

During the seminar,  participants will receive numerous materials to study  political parties, leadership, women’s role in politics and ways to  empower the general elections, among other things.

“The training program promotes the realization of democracy and good governance, “ he claimed.

Hassan said the ASEAN and BDF have made significant contributions over the last two years to the development of democracy in Myanmar, which used to be under the control of the military junta.

“Changes have occurred n Myanmar over the last two years as it transforms into a democratic country as a result of a process launched by the ASEAN and BDF,” he noted.

The institute established in 2008 has also been committed to continuing its training program for participants from other countries such as Egypt and Tunisia through democratic dialogues.

Hassan suggested that the governments of 53 countries in the Asia Pacific region would be encouraged by the BDF to pursue the implementation of democracy in their countries, whereas currently, only 26 of them have already implemented the process of moving towards democracy.

“Around 36 percent are still half-democratic, and the majority are not yet free and still have authoritarian rule,” he remarked.

 

 

 

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