769 NGOs get green light
Yangon - The Ministry of Home Affairs has allowed the formation of 663 domestic and 106 international non-governmental organisations, according to the Upper House’s NGO affairs committee.
In accord with the ministry’s New Association Registration Law, it gave the green-light to 663 domestic NGOs, including 154 township associations, 29 educational bodies, 67 health institutions, 15 sports organisations, 16 retired alumni, 45 aged and orphanage care organisations, 27 literacy and culture groups, 86 free funeral services, 25 environmental conservation and disaster preparedness associations and 199 other social bodies.
Of the international groups, there are 21 relief and rehabilitation associations affiliated with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, eight environmental conservation associations, 20 social organisations, 13 educational institutions and 44 health bodies.
Sixteen INGOs are based in the UK, 25 in the US, 11 in France, 11 in Japan, three in Germany, seven in Italy, four in Thailand, seven in Switzerland, five in the South Korea, four in the Netherlands, two in Australia, Norway and Denmark and one in Ireland, Sri Lanka, Canada, Sweden, South Africa, Bangladesh and Slovakia.
The committee’s report said NGOs were boosting rural development and poverty alleviation while promoting living standards.