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"I would encourage to implement the development projects in vocational training, promoting adult literacy rate, infrastructure projects, health care ect., at our rakhine state .Government has just two hands which can not cover everything ."Rakhine Student at Philippine

"We want to pursue free trade agreements outside the country . Stronger bilateral trade relations could help Uruguay expand education, improve health care, and generate jobs with adequate salaries.”Tabaré Vázquez ,Uruguay President , 2006 .

"Individually all the adults need to literate and catch international standard education. Improving education is developing our country , training our adults for Human Resource development like Singapore which is country doesn't have too many resources but have many talented adults ." Rakhine Lecture at Yangon University,who is representative for Myanmar at ASEAN youth meeting in 2008 at Thailand .

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Lecture on old Rakhine

THE resident representative of a prestigious French university suggested in a lecture last week that the contribution of the ancient kingdom of Rakhine to Myanmar’s role as a gateway between South and Southeast Asia deserved further study. Dr Jacques Leider, a professor at the Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient in Paris who has spent the past year in Yangon, made the suggestion in an address titled L’Arakan, un royaume bouddhiste en Birmanie (‘Rakhine, a Buddhist kingdom in Myanmar’) at the Alliance Francaise last Tuesday. During an hour-long address, Dr Leider outlined how Rakhine’s history shows repeated social, cultural, economic and political links with Myanmar’s central heartland and such countries as modern-day Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Holland and Portugal.

One of the world’s leading specialists on Rakhine history, Dr Leider said that geography and international pressures created a unique kingdom in Rakhine for much of the last millennium. He urged anyone interested in Rakhine history should visit Mrauk-U, the site of one of the former kingdom’s major cities.

Kimberly Fielding

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