State Counsellor calls for overcoming challenges with collective strength at UEHRD’s first anniversary

THE first anniversary of the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Developmentin Rakhine State (UEHRD) was held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, where UEHRD Chairperson State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered a speech. In her address, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi expressed her delight for achievements gained by UEHRD in a year and called for correcting weakness for moving the UEHRD forward.

“Now we’ve done this for a year. We achieved success in some areas. There were some that were not up to our expectation. We have to see this weakness truthfully. I hope and expect that we find where we were weak and correct that weakness,” said the State Counsellor.

She also expressed thanks to those who physically and mentally supported UEHRD’s efforts to achieve sustainable peace and stability in Rakhine State, to provide humanitarian assistance to the displaced people, to promote economic development of Rakhine State in cooperation with local businessmen.

Attending the event were Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat, Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than, UEHRD Vice-chair Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye, other Union Ministers, State and Region Chief Ministers, Deputy Ministers, UEHRD Chief Coordinator Dr. Aung Tun Thet and officials, Ambassadors and Chargé d’affaires from foreign embassies, representatives of UN subordinate agencies, officials from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), donors for development in Rakhine State and leaders of currently operating task forces.

The State Counsellor also called for reviewing the works of the UEHRD done in a year as part of efforts to overcome the weaknesses and to turn strengths into empowerment to itself.

“On the first anniversary day, I hope that all can find answers for the UEHRD after looking back at what we’ve done in last year to see gaps, weaknesses and strengths of UEHRD through negotiation and discussion between all of you,” said the State Counsellor.

She also expressed her belief that the answers on UEHRD would support the country’s development, saying the strengths and weaknesses in first year is not only a lesson but also a practice for the country.

“Today is the first anniversary of the day on which the Union decided to participate in the stability and development of Rakhine State. Today is the day Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine State (UEHRD) was formed,” she said. “The important word here is Union. The people in the Union with the spirit of unity has give support where it is required. We established UEHRD to show that we are united when the need arises,” she said.

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also stressed the important role of UEHRD not only for Rakhine State but also for the entire Union, explaining why the Union Government put its all efforts and energy into the work of UEHRD.

“Now a full year has been reached after the establishment of UEHRD. The main reason we were able to do this was because of the support of our people. From ordinary people to business persons, they all donated with much generosity. They donated because they can and we appreciate much for this. We received some thousands (Kyat) from ordinary people which we appreciate and value. The main thing here is the good will (cetana). I think this shows the people doing whatever they can in any small way. I don’t think I need to say much about the capability of UEHRD,” she said.


“Donating to UEHRD is the first stage. To use these funds effectively is more important. Here too, I want all to help in whatever way they can,” she added.

There are many works that needs to be done. This is not a work that can be done in a month or two. However, don’t be disappointed as this is something we are doing together. There’ll be many challenges. Challenges in economy, challenges in development and many more.

To overcome these challenges, we must start well in order to ensure that it ends well. UEHRD started very well. Everyone provided support when the requirements were mentioned. As soon as a request was made, support came in overnight. This work that had started well will encounter many obstacles and difficulties. This is natural. We strongly believe that in the end we will succeed.

That is why businesses and people stand together and around us with trust. Moral support by itself wouldn’t be strong enough but as the support progresses from moral to verbal and on to physical support, that will be a great support for us. Our country is a developing country. For a developing country to face a huge challenge is not a small thing.

But we can face it with a united force. I don’t think I need to say much here. There are many types of works that UEHRD is doing. Construction work is a physical work.

For the different groups to be in harmony and peace with one another, social works are also very important. In providing support for these works to succeed, health and education is important. As it is important in many ways, one way or another, people with goodwill will provide support and help. They are many ways to help.

That is why do help. I think it is important for us to face the problem with courage and resolve it. I say this repeatedly. If the way we are solving the problem is wrong,

we can correct it. The first step is for all of us to have the determination that we can overcome this. This is the will. I say this repeatedly. This is the way to success. If we are willing, persistent, have morality and wisdom, we will be successful. I take it that we are all here because we have the will.

The great people in this hall have participated in the UEHRD since last year and the majority of them are persistent. I can see this clearly. They are also full of moral strength and I’m confident that they will continue in this way. Their wisdoms and thoughts become better and better as they continue with the work. As they do the work day by day they’ll know more and more on what are the difficulties in the UEHRD work and how to overcome it. Wisdom and knowledge don’t stay idle. It is growing and increasing day by day. It becomes more and more mature.

Dr. Aung Tun Thet, Dr. Win Myat Aye and all the government members seated in front of us all know much about the challenges in Rakhine State. I've lost count of how many times Dr. Win Myat Aye has gone to Rakhine State. There are many who went there repeatedly and do whatever they can to help. We may notice ministers but there are also many junior staffs that we didn’t notice. From here, I want to thank them and the people for what they’ve done.


A country that has good public servants are very lucky. For a minister to do his/her job well, he/she needs many good public servants. That is why I want to take this opportunity to thank the staff from NRPC (National Reconciliation and Peace Center). NRPC is a very young government department. U Kyaw Tint Swe always said that during its short time of existence it has fulfiled its responsibility effectively. They can all be proud and it is a huge inspiration for us. If we carry on this way, I’m sure we’ll reach our destination without fail.

Thank goes to chief ministers, youth volunteers
While all the Chief Ministers of states and regions are here, I want to thank all of them for the support and help they have provided. One thing that I like most about UEHRD is how youths are participating in it. Youths are on our side. I have much hope and expectation for our country because youths are participating to overcome this challenge.

Value contribution of ICRC
While the diplomats are here I want to thank ICRC. The work of ICRC was of much support for our country. Without the participation and support of ICRC, our efforts in Rakhine State wouldn’t be this effective. We also value the support provided by the international community.We also thank our youth for working together in this and for being a force that our country can rely on for many years to come.”

Next, UEHRD Chief Coordinator Dr. Aung Tun Thet explained about the UEHRD’s processes over the one-year term and then played a video clip showing those processes.

Afterwards, the State Counsellor, Hluttaw Speakers, Union Ministers and officials separately took documentary photos with the State and Region Chief Ministers and Deputy Ministers, with the ambassadors, Chargé d’affaires and UN subordinate agency representatives, with the donors to the UEHRD, and with the leaders of currently operating task forces.

The UEHRD has formed the Construction and Basic Infrastructure Establishment Working Group, Agriculture, Livestock and Waterworks Working Group, Economic Zone Development Group, News and Communication Working Group, Working Group for Creating Employment and Facilitating and Opening Vocational Training Classes, Health Security
Working Group, Small Loans Support Working Group,Finance Accumulation Group, Tourism Development Working Group and the International Relations Working Group.

These aforementioned groups are working for the development of Rakhine State by constructing resettlement camps, paving roads, rebuilding houses, conducting various training classes for local people, promoting employment opportunities, and endeavoring for all-round development of the region.