Seminar: Myanmar’s difficult path to democratic reform

Will a new government in Myanmar continue on the path to reform and what role should Danish development assistance play in the country’s future?

Join us for a panel debate in Copenhagen on 3 November from 15:00-17:00 at Kvarterhuset, Jemtelandsgade 3, Copenhagen S

Myanmar is at a crossroads with elections on 8 November. Both the election process and the results will be critical for the country’s future path to reform.

Fears that the reform process is moving in the wrong direction are growing after recent arrests of journalists, and the use of laws that restrict the right to exercise freedom of expression. Political candidates have been prevented from participating in the election following allegations surrounding their citizenship status.

International Media Support and the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy work with all relevant stakeholders in Myanmar, including government institutions. What are the risks associated with such partnerships and what role should Danish development assistance play to best support the country’s democratic process in the future? Will a new government continue the democratic path to reform?

Join International Media Support (IMS) and the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy for a panel debate 3 November 15:00-17:00. The event is in English.

Panel:

  • Kyaw Min Swe, Secretary of Myanmar Press Council (interim), editor of The Voice Daily
  • Lars Barfoed, former Minister and MP
  • Ulrich Sørensen, former Danish Chargé d’Affaires in Myanmar, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Hanne Lund Madsen, senior advisor and Myanmar programme manager, DIPD
  • Lars Bestle, Head of Department for Asia, International Media Support

Moderator: Flemming Ytzen, Politiken

The event is organised by International Media Support (IMS) and the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD).

Sign up to participate by writing to Helle Wahlberg, International Media Support: hwa@mediasupport.org.

International Media Support is a nonprofit organisation that works to support local media in countries affected by armed conflict, human insecurity and political transition. The Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy provides democratic assistance through partnership-based projects in Africa, Asia, Latin-America and the Middle East.