The King’s Development Approach across the Thai-Myanmar Border
The Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage, together with the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation of Myanmar, recently organized the “Towards Sustainability” event at Yenan Chaung Township, Magway Region, Myanmar on 18 November 2016. In attendance were representatives from the governments of Myanmar and Thai to bear witness to the success of the livelihood development project following the royal initiative of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej after six years of implementation.
Representing the Thai government were the offices that funded the project – the Office of the Narcotic Control Board (ONBC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Royal Development Projects Board (ORDPB) and the Bureau of the Budget, while the Government of Myanmar was represented by the Magway administration, Yezin Agricultural University, members of the local administration and the Yenan Chaung Township.
The highlight of the event was the handover of the Seed Bank to 29 participating villages, as well as the certificate award ceremony for 66 community development volunteers. The local community has been empowered to manage other related projects such as the Goat Bank, Water Resource Development Fund and Anti-Venom Serum Bank, which they have been handling for a while now.
“The development principles as initiated by His Majesty the King and HRH the Princess Mother are based on the premise that everyone can achieve their full potential if they are given the opportunity,” said Khunying Puangroi Diskul na Ayudhaya, Deputy Secretary-General and CEO of the Mae Fah Luang Foundation under Royal Patronage. “It is essential to help them to be able to help themselves. Yenan Chaung Township possesses strong human resources - the key to the success of any development project. It is the strength of the community that will propel Yenan Chaung Township towards sustained stability and happiness.”