New UnionAID project in Burma?
An isolated area in south east Burma is about to become a special economic zone (SEZ) with the development of a deep sea port in Dawei and road and rail links to Thailand. After an approach by local government to Myanmar business leaders, the Centre for Dawei Development (CDD) was planned and a partnership with UnionAID formed.
The CDD aims to provide high-quality fully-subsidised vocational training for local people in fields such as engineering, hospitality and tourism, and skin and hair care. This will give them the skills to take up the many jobs that will emerge from the SEZ development. A focus will be on training for young women, given the lack of other opportunities and their vulnerability to the risks of sex work. As a venture, this fits current NZAid funding criteria perfectly and before Christmas we hope to hear from MFAT whether our proposal has been successful.