October 18, 2018
Dr Gail Marzetti, Head of DFID Myanmar
Demoso, Kayah State
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[Acknowledge high level guests]. Thank you honoured guests.
It is a pleasure to be here on my first visit to Kayah State.
My name is Gail Marzetti and I’m the Head of UK Department of International Development here in Myanmar. DFID leads the UK government’s work to promote sustainable development and fight poverty around the world, including here in Myanmar.
I want to thank you all for coming here today to the launch of this joint investment between the DaNa Facility and De Heus in their “Promoting Inclusive Growth through Swine”, or PIGS project.
We believe that this project will be a transformational project for Kayah State and Myanmar as a whole, which is why the British Government through the DaNa Facility is making this investment.
This is the third DaNa supported project that we’ve launched this month, having already announced investments to support traditional textiles and to develop the micro-insurance market here in Myanmar.
So why are DFID, through the DaNa Facilities BIW programme investing millions of dollars in innovative new business projects across Myanmar, rather than the more usual work of a development organisation like DFID?
We are doing this because through our experience in countries around the world, DFID knows that we can accomplish a tremendous amount by investing in inclusive businesses and new innovative private sector solutions to address the challenges of poverty.
That through this type of programme we can achieve real, positive and significant changes to the opportunities and livelihoods of the poorest and most marginalised across a country and economy.
That we can achieve this by supporting and working with inclusive businesses and the private sector.
This is why DFID through the DaNa Facility is so keen to be working in States and Regions across Myanmar to support new innovative private sector solutions to the challenges of poverty and to work with inclusive businesses to ensure that all areas of this great country benefit from investment and economic growth.
And this is why the British Government through its programmes like DaNa, is working here in Myanmar to increase and stimulate investment in sectors like financial services, traditional textiles and agriculture.
Because we believe we have the potential to help transform the Myanmar economy, creating jobs and raising incomes and providing new economic opportunities for all the people of Myanmar.
Investment, of the sort we are announcing today, can help Kayah to harnesses its considerable potential to ensure inclusive economic development and employment opportunities for all people in the state.
It is vital that all investment support a vision of development in the state that includes the interests and needs of all groups in the state.
We know that contest and conflicts over investment can happen, but good development creates results that are beneficial for all in the long run. And when disagreements happen we must use dialogue and engagement to help overcome misunderstanding, creating a common understanding of the benefits and impacts of investment or development for all.
All of Kayah States citizens have ownership over the state’s future which is why I would encourage the state government to encourage engagement and consultation of different actors, including civil society, when making plans for the state’s development and to create space for open and transparent dialogue and engagement.
Developing a common vision for the development of Kayah State, with support from all stakeholders, will ultimately benefit all of its people.
Of course this announcement is not the only work DFID does here in Kayah, we are also supporting a broader set of development activities, through a wide range of programmes and partners.
We support livelihood opportunities, train women and young people to engage in democratic processes, support health services to be delivered and partner with ethnic health organisations, and are helping increase awareness of the risk of landmines.
We have recently become a partner in the National Community Driven Development Programmes, and will be financing the next two years of community grants in Kayah.
This is because we are looking to build a strong partnership with Kayah State – with the government as well as development partners, including civil society, to support the sustainable development of the State.
We are also supporting efforts to improve the coordination and effectiveness of these different types of development support, to ensure they contribute as much as possible to the development needs of Kayah State. This includes private sector development.
Making development work better and maximising the effectiveness of existing development resources in Kayah will, we hope, present a shining example for other state and regional governments to follow.
And today we are announcing the launch of the De Heus PIGS projects a project DFID believes is a great example of the positive changes that can be achieved through innovative and inclusive business projects.
Through this project De Heus will address some of the significant issues faced by domestic pork production in Myanmar, problems related to the quality of feed, the breeding stock, veterinary services, bio-security issues and the genetics of local pigs – all of which affect pig farmers here in Kayah.
As a consequence small-holder pork producers such as those here in Kayah miss out on economic opportunities to expand their businesses and earn better incomes.
To help farmers here in Kayah and around Myanmar, the De Heus project will be investing across the swine production chain, setting up Myanmar’s first pig stud farm near Loikaw, bringing in sows with high quality genetics.
They will also provide training in Kayah, and also across Myanmar for around 10,000 farmers to improve their pig-rearing and management practices.
And they will advocate for further positive policy change, through close work with Kayah State Government and the Union-level Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department to improve the business environment for pig farmers.
DFID believes this programme has significant potential to transform the swine market in Myanmar and make it both more efficient and inclusive. Improving the genetic standards of pigs in Myanmar, while also increasing the skills of small-holders in pig-rearing and business and improving the efficiency of the market.
Benefiting small holder farmers and low income producers across the country with the aim of increasing their net profit by 10% to 25%.
We are investing in PIGS because of this. Because in improving the market and increasing the profits of low income producers we are helping to improve the lives of poor and marginalised families across the whole country.
We are doing this and our other investments in inclusive business across all regions of Myanmar because we believe that it is through responsible and inclusive growth that a country becomes truly prosperous. Supporting economic growth across all of Myanmar to create jobs and opportunities for everyone.
This is why DFID is so keen to be working across the States and Regions to support and invest in inclusive businesses like this one.
Thank you again for your time.