September Monthly Semiar_Zoom meeting

Federalism in Myanmar’s Future

Australia Myanmar Institute invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

Date: September 27, 2021 (Monday) 

Duration: 1 hour

Time: 06:00-7:00 PM Australia/Melbourne Time (02:30-03:30 PM Myanmar/Yangon Time)

Join Zoom Meeting: please click here 

Meeting ID: 2852417834

Passcode: 12345

Myanmar has struggled to find a framework for the governance of the country which accommodates the needs and interests of the country as a whole and its various ethnicities. Each of the three constitutions which have been in place since independence in 1948 has been found wanting for one reason or another, and if anything is clear since the military takeover on 1 February this year it is that the 2008 constitution will be significantly amended or replaced.

AMI’s panel this month will learn of the National Unity Government’s thinking, followed by comments concerning relevant experience from federal Australia.  Our speakers will be

HE Dr Lian Hmung Sakhong, NUG Minister for Federal Union Affairs.  He has a long and distinguished career in the Chin State and was the Vice-Chairman of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee under Myanmar’s peace process during previous governments and was a General Secretary of the Chin National League for Democracy.  He was awarded the Martin Luther King Prize for 2007 in Sweden and has written numerous books and papers on the political and social situation in modern Myanmar. He is a scholar and expert in federalism. 

Ms Janelle Saffin MP, is an Australian MP with long experience in Myanmar as well as experience in both federal and state parliaments in Australia. She has extensive experience working with Ethnic Nationalities, with Dr. Lian Hmung Sakhong on constitutional and federal affairs, including conducting the first state drafting constitution project together.

Further details on the Myanmar speaker will be provided soon, but please bookmark this event in your calendar now.

A question and answer session will be conducted after the presentation. For more information about AMI, please visit:

***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.  AMI will upload the whole seminar later on the AMI website and Facebook page.