March Monthly Seminar_Zoom Meeting  

Federal Myanmar – what do the people want?

Australia Myanmar Institute invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

Date: March 27, 2023 (Monday)  

Duration: 1 hour

Time: 06:00 – 07:00 PM AEST Time (13:30-14:30 Myanmar/Yangon Time)

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Meeting ID: 5506154368

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Myanmar’s National Unity Government and the Committee Representing the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw are actively engaged with the question of the best form of federalism for the country’s future.  We now bring two researchers who have been involved with Myanmar research surveys into this question.  They bring that experience to this seminar – not so much for assessing federalism itself but more so we can consider whether the complex social and political environment of Myanmar is likely to be well reflected in decisions.  We are also to be honoured by comments from the Australia representative of NUG who will give us an update on Federalism as seen by NUG.

Dr Michael Breen is a lecturer in Public Policy in the School of Social and Political Science s at the University of Melbourne.  He has had extensive experience in Myanmar and has made presentations to AMI on federalism and surveys in the past.

U Myo Aung Htwe is a former prisoner of conscience in Myanmar whose work included surveys of public opinion as part of his concentration on multiculturalism and trust-building among Myanmar’s ethnic groups.  Before coming to Australia in 2022 he led project management on Legislative Advocacy at the Yangon School of Political Science.  He has a strong background in the development and management of community surveys and is currently undertaking a community service course at RMIT University.

Dr Tun Aung Shwe, NUG’s Representative in Canberra, will offer some short comments on the presentations before Questions and Answers.

***NOTE: Zoom can work very well, but it poses difficulties for people with a poor internet connection. So, people from Myanmar (or elsewhere) who might have a poor internet connection or low bandwidth should turn off the video mode and listen to the seminar. You may be able to switch on the video from time to time just to see who is speaking, but definitely don’t use the video mode if you wish to speak yourself.  You can also pose questions using the chat function.  The whole seminar will be uploaded later on the AMI website and Facebook page.