Butler visits Myanmar - Terri Butler MP, Labor for Griffith

Butler visits Myanmar

Terri Butler is in Myanmar this week, as part of a bipartisan parliamentary delegation hosted by Save the Children, and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

"The delegation is visiting locations including Yangon, Naypyidaw and Rakhine state," Terri Butler said.

"During our time in Myanmar we're getting opportunities to talk to state and national ministers, international and local non-government organisations, and business," she said.

"We've been discussing foreign affairs, economic development, peace and reconciliation, issues relating to minorities, opportunities for Australian businesses, and innovation," she said.

"The visit provides an opportunity to see, firsthand, the difference that Australian Aid funding can make.

"For example, in Rakhine state we've seen work that Save the Children is doing with the local Muslim community living in IDP camps without freedom of movement.

“Aid funding makes a difference to the lives of people living in great poverty.It also serves Australia’s interests by contributing to a more peaceful world, preventing disease, and contributing to the economic development of poorer nations, opening up new opportunities for trade,” she said.

Terri Butler is participating in a parliamentary visit to Myanmar 15 to January 22, 2017.

The trip is being co-ordinated and hosted by Save the Children and all travel and accommodation costs are being met by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

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