Moved by the persistent urgency of promoting peace, the Center for Development and Ethnic Studies and the Hanns Seidel Foundation collaborated for another leg of seminar workshop on federalism and peace building for the Chin National Front (CNF), one of the signatories of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement including men and women political leaders from Hakha city and the nine townships of the Chin state, 25-27 of May 2016.
Gracing the conference were political leaders of the Chin State Government and to mention were Salai Isaac Khen, Minister of Municipal Electricity and Industry who gave the opening remarks and U Mang Hnin Dal, Minister of Agriculture, Forest and Mining who in his inspirational talk strongly encouraged the participants to be actively involved as peace agents in the country by learning the most from the seminar–workshop.
For the most part of the workshop, personalities of their own expertise elucidated on issues and concerns on peace negotiations. To wit: Za Ceu Lian, the Senior Project Advisor of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue; Kyaw Lin Oo, the Executive Director of Myanmar People’s Forum and Mr. Michael Siegner, Program Manager of Hanns Seidel Foundation. Moderators for the workshop were also Dr. Moses C. Tehlo, the CDES Research Director and Aung Soe Min, Program Manager of the HSF respectively.
Role playing the 21st Century Panglong Conference harnessed the efforts of every group participation simulating the government, the Tatmadaw , the Ethnic Armed Organizations and the Civil Society Organizations which paved the emerging consensus that federal practices, all-inclusiveness in political dialogue and the Union Army in the Federal Union and left them in deeper and clearer realizations about the current political situation of this country in urgent need or demand for peace as key to progress and prosperity.
Concluding the workshop was a clamor for more similar trainings particularly from the Matupi Town and Thatla Town, for such was indeed practical and realistic workshops that led them to enlightenment and clearer course of actions in their quest for peace and reconciliation for this country in general and for their state in particular.