Secretariat for the Myanmar Peace Committee and reports to the President's office
Address: No. 11, Shweli Road, Kamaryut Township, Yangon
Opened: Nov.3, 2012
Headed by: Aung Min (President’s Office Minister)
Run by: Soe Thein (President’s Office Minister), Khin Ye (Home Affairs Minister)
Kyaw Yin Hlaing (Myanmar Egress), Hla Maung Shwe (Myanmar Egress), Aung Naing Oo (Vahu Development Institute), Dr. Min Zaw Oo (Academic), Kyaw Soe Naing (Myanmar Egress)
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The MPC was originally reported to have opened in July, 2012 on U Wisara Road. It was actually opened on Nov.3, 2012 with a start-up fund of EUR 700,000 from the European Union (a member of the PSDG) and four houses provided by the Myanmar government. The opening ceremony was attended by the European Commission (EC) President Barroso. The centre has been actively organizing seminars and workshops on confidence-building and peacemaking. However the MPC is officially scheduled to open in March, 2013. At that time more information about its structure and activities will be publicized.
The Government of Myanmar opened the Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) in Yangon as part of an agreement with the Norway-led Peace Support Donor Group. It was established to assist the Union Peace-making Central Committee and the Union Peace-making Work Committee for the peace process. It coordinates all peace initiatives and acts as a one-stop service center for donor governments and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) that want to support the peace process. In addition, it will serve as a platform for government officials, members of ethnic militia groups, civil society organizations, international donors and INGOs to meet and negotiate.
The Myanmar Peace Centre plays a key role in the development of a peaceful nation inclusive of Myanmar’s ethnic diversity.
To contribute to sustainable peace and an overall political settlement to the benefit of all the citizens of Myanmar.
MPC Technical Team
1) U Hla Maung Shwe, 2) Dr. Min Zaw Oo, 3) U Aung Naing Oo, 4) U Nyo Ohn Myint
Phase 1: November 2012 – February 2013
Specific Objective 1 - Effective monitoring and implementation of ceasefire agreements is ensured.
Phase 2: March 2013 to August 2014
European Union: EUR 700,000
November 3, 2012: EC President Barroso and Aung Min signed a joint declaration at the Myanmar Peace Centre (MPC) to promote dialogue between all those concerned in Myanmar’s ethnic peace processes. The EU funds the MPC's start-up with EUR 700,000, to be followed by a sizable package later this year, also benefitting ethnic communities. In 2013, the EU will contribute a total of 30 million to Myanmar's ethnic peace process.
March 25, 2013: H.E. Mr. Mikio NUMATA, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, and U Kyaw Soe Hlaing, Executive Director of Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) signed a grant contract US$1,210,524 at the Embassy of Japan under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Scheme. The Government of Japan will provide the MPC with more offices, meeting spaces as well as furniture and electric materials. (read more)
April 17, 2013: Union Peace Making Committee members observed peace activities in Switzerland, United Kingdom as well as Ireland and the United States of America on a two week trip. Union Minister Aung Min, Union Ministers Khin Yi and Win Tun, Deputy-Attorney General Tun Tun Oo and members from Myanmar Peace Center.
In the United Kingdom the delegation met with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Foreign Secretary William Hague and other UK officials to discuss Myanmar's peacemaking efforts.
Nov 24, 2013 - An interview with U Aung Min
Oct 10, 2013 - MPC released a statement for KIO and Govt talks on 8-10 Oct