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Commissioner Georgieva travels to Southeast Asia to discuss cooperation on tackling disasters and humanitarian challenges

Commissioner Georgieva visiting the Mae Sot-Mae La Refugee Camp on the border with Myanmar © EU
09/09/2011  - 

As one of the world's most disaster-prone regions, where impressive growth is combined with persisting humanitarian challenges, Southeast Asia is often on the European Commission's agenda for humanitarian assistance and disaster management. This is why Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is returning to the region for her second visit this year.

In Burma/Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia the Commissioner will hold meetings with government ministers and other stakeholders. She will also be the first European Union Commissioner to visit the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. With these stakeholders, Commissioner Georgieva will discuss cooperation on disaster preparedness and response, as well as the EU's humanitarian aid operations in the region.

"Economic growth and regional integration are a great opportunity and we are at the right moment for improving disaster resilience in a part of the world that is so prone to natural catastrophes. Europe and Asia can learn a lot from each other and work together more closely on preventing and preparing for disasters. I look forward to engaging in proactive and result-oriented dialogue with the policy makers and civil society in Rangoon, Bangkok and Jakarta," Georgieva said.

The Commissioner will try to post regular updates during her trip via Facebook, Twitter and her blog. In the meantime, you can read about Commissioner Georgieva's impressions from her last visit to the region (http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/georgieva/a-friendship-bridge-to-a-better-future/).