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The implementation of the activities in the hospitality training project has been seriously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the impact of the health crisis on the tourism sector, this project has demonstrated flexibility and adaptability by moving to online training.

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The rural development project in Eastern Shan State was less seriously affected by the pandemic and considerable progress has been made in the deployment of infrastructure and the support of agricultural and livestock rearing activities. Some minor setbacks should, however, be noted, caused by the continuing restrictions in training courses resulting from the closure of state schools and vocational training centres.

Priority areas of intervention

  • No poverty
  • Zero hunger
  • Quality education
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Clean, affordable energy

Myanmar has also been severely affected by COVID-19. The rapid imposition of containment measures, including travel restrictions, is continuing to have an impact on the implementation of activities within the two cooperation projects.

The progress made in poverty reduction is at risk from the current restrictions caused by the pandemic, which are having a disproportionate effect on the poorest and most vulnerable households. Despite the national programmes for cash transfers, the proportion of households experiencing moderate or serious food insecurity rose from 12 to 25% between August and October 2020. In order to reduce the serious impact of the pandemic on the villages targeted by this project, direct food aid to vulnerable groups in the villages covered was included within it.

Reference data

  • Population (MIO): 54.4
  • GNI (per resident): USD 5170
  • Human Development Index (HDI): 147/189
  • Life expectancy: 67.1
  • Indicative Cooperation Programme: N/A

Key achievements 2020

  • 137 MOHT staff members (73.26%) were given training, primarily online, in 4 training areas;
  • 78.8% of graduates from the bachelor's degree programme at two higher education institutions in Myanmar had obtained paid employment 6 months after the end of the programme;
  • 93% of hospitality/tourism owners/managers are satisfied with the improvement in their supervisors' skills after participating in the selected courses