The meeting was chaired by Dr. Kyaw Tun Myint, Chairman of Myanmar Shrimp Farmers Association, Vice Chairman of Myanmar Fisheries Federation (MFF) and Dr. Zaw Oo, the Executive Director of the Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD).
The NARDT project aims to improving the quality and effectiveness of agriculture and rural development policy research, advocacy and implementation in countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam (CLMV). The project is implemented through establishing a network of thinktanks for Agriculture and Rural development in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar, promoting knowledge sharing, exchanging information, research cooperation, capacity building institutions, and policy dialogues.
CESD has been assigned as the lead agency in Myanmar to coordinate the project implementation Network for Agriculture and Research Think-Tanks for Countries in Mekong Sub-Region (NARDT). Myanmar would like to engage with the Private sector as the main advocates for shaping government policies and contributing to the implementation of national plans. Local researchers specializing aquaculture sector is very limited in Myanmar, lack of policy directions and institutional foundations are the issues that Myanmar can learn from Vietnam.
At the workshop, Dr. Dang Kim Son, the Senior Regional Facilitator of NARDT projecct, introduced joint research program and shared an insider’s view of how Vietnam developed its agriculture sector throughout the years. Furthermore, he emphasized the role of sound evidence in policy making and the role of a policy research institute in achieving success.
The workshop attracted 30 particiations from the Myanmar Fishery Federation, different associations, research and education institutions, and private sectors to participate in open floor discussion on the country program under the framework of NARDT project.