Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspects development works in Chin State

September 07, 2020

Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspected the construction of the Hmantaw-Hartar-Haka highway and the Sports and Physical Education Institute (Haka) while on his visit to Gangaw. He was accompanied by Union Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi, State Chief Minister U Salai Lian Luai, State Hluttaw Speaker U Zoe Bwe, deputy ministers, state ministers and other officials.

Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspects health, transport infrastructure in Chin State


Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspects health, transport infrastructure in Chin State

September 07, 2020

Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspected healthcare and transport infrastructure in Rezwa, Chin State, on 5 September.

The vice president, together with Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Chin State Chief Minister U Salai Lian Luai, Chin State Hluttaw Speaker U Zo Bwe, deputy ministers and officials, left Matupi to Rezwa and inspected the construction of a two-storey ward for the Rezwa Station Hospital. The two-storey extended building with a operation theatre and delivery room is 95.6 ft long and 50 ft wide. The building is an iron-reinforced one and the whole project costs over 472 million kyats.

During the tour of inspection, Head of Chin State Public Health and Medical Services Department Dr Aung Ngwe Zan reported on the progress of the project. Afterwards, the vice president and his entourage went to Lailinpi and held a meeting with the authorities concerned over implementation of an airport in the town.

At the meeting, Deputy Director-General of the Civil Aviation Department U Kyaw Soe reported on facts about the airport, the situation and progress of the project, quarry for the project, tree plantation at the small airport.

After hearing the report, the vice president gave instruction on completion the project by meeting the set standard.

Lailinpi Airport is located in Lailinpi, in Chin State, 4,950 ft above sea level.

The runway of the project is 2,500 ft long and 50 ft wide.

The Flexible Pavement can withstan about 5,7000 kilo of load and Caravan Cessna type of plan can land there upon completion of the project.

The project has completed about 75 per cent, and upon completion, it would benefit local people southern Chin State.

The project was funded by the Mission Aviation Fellolwship-MAF.

After the visit, the vice president and entourage went to Ramsi Village in the Matupi township and held a meeting with local people over regional development tasks.

Union Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi and Chief Mnister U Salai Lian Luai, Deputy Minister U Tin Myint and Director-General Dr Soe Oo reported on implementation of the regional tasks.

Vice President U Henry Van Thio and party arrived Gangaw in the evening and stopped over there.

Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspects regional development works in Mindat, Matupi


Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspects regional development works in Mindat, Matupi

Vice President U Henry Van Thio arrived in Mindat and Matupi townships on 4 September during his inspection tour in southern Chin State.

His entourage included Union Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi, the deputy ministers and officials.

They first inspected the construction sites of Union-level guesthouse in Mindat, Mindat college, Lel Myo bridge, a three-storey building of General Administration Department and 66 kV sub-power station before meeting with the local people in Matupi.

The Union-level guesthouse is a 120ft length and 50ft width concrete reinforced building.

At the Mindat college complex briefing room, the Vice President heard reports on construction projects in Matupi and Mindat townships, constructions of Mindat Arts and Sciences College, education college and the government technical and vocational training institute, the construction works in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 financial years, the allocation of budgets, more construction projects in upcoming 2020-2021 financial year, water supply project for Mindat college complex and the proposed budget of 2020-2021 financial year.

After giving necessary instructions on the reports, the Vice President and party inspected the construction project of Mindat college classroom building which is a 208ft length-38ft width two-storey concrete reinforced building and is under construction with a budget allocation of K632.32 million in the 2019-2020 financial year.

They later visited the construction site of Lel Myo bridge, which is 240ft long and 30.6 ft concrete reinforced bridge, on Mindat-Matupi road.

At the 66/11 kV, 5 MVA sub-power station in Matupi Township, the Vice President heard reports on the installation of power lines, electricity distribution and other projects before they viewed the station which started power distribution from the National Grid on 21 June 2020.

During the meeting with Matupi town elders at the Bon Ta Lar town hall, the Vice President informed the town elders that this was his fourth visit to Matupi Township during the term of this administration.

He spoke about development projects and needs of the local people, improved transportation of Matupi, 75 per cent completion of Lailenpi airfield, the supply of electric power to Matupi from the National Grid, and the need to work on supplying electric power to the remaining villages in the township.

The Vice President also advised the locals to abide by orders and rules for COVID-19 pandemic without having great worries as it is believed that cooperation between the government and the public could overcome this disease.

He also urged the locals to vote in the upcoming general elections, and commercial cultivation of elephant foot yam, coffee and avocado.

He also discussed that according to surveys, Chin State has the potential to generate 4,000 Megawatts of hydroelectric power which is more than the local requirement and has a possibility for export.

The Vice President also talked about agricultural loans, and development works in Matupi, and cooperation of local people for the development of the country together with the government. He added that from looking at the progress and development of Matupi township, it was possible to understand the goodwill and Metta of the government.

Town elders reported on the requirements for the establishment of technical training institute, upgrade of Matupi people’s hospital into 100-bedded capacity, the appointment of more civil service personnel, upgrade of Rezwa station hospital into a 25-bedded hospital, electricity supply for Rezwa Town from National Grid, the establishment of Myanma Economic Bank branch, the appointment of doctor and staff at the Lon Ngoe station hospital, to double the salary for the civil service personnel in Paletwa Township, construction of 2-storey multi-purpose shelter, upgrade of Paletwa hospital into a 100-bedded hospital, and accommodation for people displaced from armed conflicts

Union Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Deputy Minister U Tin Myint and Major General Soe Tint Naing, state government’s ministers U Soe Htet, U She Htee Yo, U Paung Lung Min Htan and Director-General Dr Soe Oo responded to the discussions.

Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi presented cash awards to the volunteers who participated in the fight against COVID-19 in Matupi, and Deputy Minister U Tin Myint gave cash assistance to the staff members of the General Administration Department.

The Vice President also inspected the construction work of the Matupi district General Administration Department office which was 120ft in length, 136ft in width and 40ft in height and it is a three-storey reinforced concrete building.

In the evening, the Vice President held a meeting with the local officials at the guesthouse of Mindat Township’s Road Management Department.

Vice President U Henry Van Thio attends 2nd coordination meeting for Hanthawaddy Int’l Airport construction

Vice President U Henry Van Thio attends 2nd coordination meeting for Hanthawaddy Int’l Airport construction

September 02, 2020 

Vice President U Henry Van Thio presided over the 2nd coordination meeting of steering committee on Hanthawaddy International airport construction project yesterday to discuss the infrastructural works for the project.

The meeting was held at the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Nay Pyi Taw, and attended by committee members and Union ministers U Thaung Tun, Dr Aung Thu, U Thant Sin Maung, U Ohn Win, U Win Khaing and U Han Zaw, Attorney-General of the Union U Tun Tun Oo; chief ministers U Phyo Min Thein and U Win Thein; deputy ministers U Maung Maung Win and U Kyaw Myo; and officials.

U Henry Van Thio, in his capacity as the chairman of steering committee, explained the work of his committee which was reformed by the President’s Order 31/2020 on 11 February 2020. The previous committee held a coordination meeting in December 2016 and decided to set up the Hanthawaddy International airport as a national project, to sign contract with HIA Myanmar Co,Ltd., to do collaboration among relevant ministries in applying for Official Development Assistance Loan and to provide assistance for infrastructure and utilities.

The framework agreement with Yongnam-CAPE-JGC Consortium was expired on 30 January 2018 although the company won tender for construction of Hanthawaddy airport under the Public-Private-Partnership system.

Discussions were made with the JICA and MLIT to implement the airport project with 100 per cent ODA loan. The preparatory committee on implementation of project was formed with the representatives of Myanmar and Japan, and the committee held 11 meetings from February 2018 to July this year.

The agreements were made to construct the phase-1 of facility that can handle 8 million passengers each year, to conduct feasibility study by the JICA, to prepare for the report on this study with the collaboration of relevant departments and to take part in infrastructural works.

Union Minister U Thant Sin Maung explained the project of Hanthawaddy airport, followed by presentation of the Joint-Secretary of steering committee and the Director-General of Department of Civil Aviation, U Aung Kyaw Tun, about the background history of the project, preparation for feasibility study report, land utilization and compensation for the lands.

Mr Uehara, the Deputy Team Leader of Feasibility Study Team, presented work plans for the study.

The Union Ministers, the Attorney-General of the Union, chief ministers of local government and the deputy ministers discussed the works of their departments.

In his concluding remarks, the Vice President said the advantages of Hanthawaddy airport, including its location, air routes for international flights, the lack of obstruction, sufficient land areas to expand the airport, linking with major cities, highways and railways, access to electricity from Lawpita and Zaungtu hydropower plants, water supply from Za Let Htaw and Ma Zinn reservoirs and a major hub for local and foreign commodity flows.

President receives Political Bureau member of Chinese Communist Party CC

President receives Political Bureau member of Chinese Communist Party CC

President U Win Myint received a courtesy call from Mr Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, at the Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.

At the call, they discussed fostering bilateral relations, expanding cooperation in agriculture, health, education and trade between the two countries, continuing joint projects of the two countries during the post COVD-19 period, supply of COVID-19 vaccines to Myanmar, assistance of China in the peace making processes of Myanmar for the stability of border areas, maintaining consistent implementation of agreements reached during the visit to Myanmar of Chinese President Mr Xi Jinping in January 2020, systematic organization of the ‘Myanmar-China Year of Culture and Tourism 2020’ to strengthen social and people-to-people exchanges and cooperation between the two countries, joint celebrations for the 70th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of Myanmar-China diplomatic relations and successful holding of Myanmar’s elections in November.

They also exchanged views on close cooperation between the two countries in regional and international arenas.

The call was also attended by Union Ministers U Min Thu, U Kyaw Tin, senior Chinese officials and Chinese ambassador Mr Chen Hai.


President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar accepts the Letters of Credence of the Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

MR Lindamulage Nalin Kumar De Silva, the newly-accredited Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, presented his Letters of Credence to U Win Myint, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, at the Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace, Nay Pyi Taw at 10:00 am yesterday.

President U Win Myint participates in 3rd Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Leaders’ Video Conference Meeting; Myanmar takes over MLC Cochairmanship for next 2 years

 President U Win Myint participates in 3rd Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Leaders’ Video Conference Meeting; Myanmar takes over MLC Cochairmanship for next 2 years

U WIN Myint, President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar participated in the Video Conference of the 3rd Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting at 8:00 am yesterday from the President Office in Nay Pyi Taw.

The meeting was co-chaired by Mr Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister of Lao PDR and Mr Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Mr Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand and Mr Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam also participated in the meeting.

A short video clip on the progress of the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) was shown at the opening. During the meeting, the leaders reviewed the work and progress made under the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation, and cordially exchanged views on the future development of cooperation framework.

In his statement, President U Win Myint expressed his condolences and sympathies for the loss of lives and hardships caused by the COVID-19 throughout the world, and congratulated the governments of China and the Mekong-Lancang countries for their able management to bring the pandemic under control.

He also expressed his gratitude to the People’s Republic of China for the generous assistance rendered to Myanmar in its fight against the COVID-19.

The President stated that Mekong-Lancang Cooperation has contributed to the socio-economic development of the peoples of Mekong region, narrowing development gaps and complements to ASEAN Community building and implementation of United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 2030. He also stressed the importance of MLC’s collective strength in promotion of peace and prosperity in the region and in addressing non-traditional security challenges such as climate change, natural disasters, illicit drug trafficking, human trafficking, terrorism and trafficking of firearms and ammunition.

Furthermore, he welcomed the timely expansion of new cooperation areas, in particular health sector, in order to cope with current and future global challenges. The President added that MLC needs to enhance cooperation in research and development of vaccine, for the COVID-19, and formulation of a mechanism to provide equitable assess without discrimination. Enhancement of regional connectivity and economic integration in facilitation of a smooth flow of trade, investment, tourism and people-to-people contact were some of the points he stressed in his statement for the consideration of MLC’s future work plan.

The President thanked the Government of China for its generous contribution to the MLC Special Fund which enables the implementation of the projects by the Mekong countries in synergy with respective national sustainable development strategies.

The Meeting adopted the “Vientiane Declaration” which will serve as a policy guideline for future work plan and the “Co-chairs’ Statement on Cooperation of Synergizing the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation and the New International LandSea Trade Corridor of the Third Mekong-Lancang Cooperation (MLC) Leaders’ Meeting”.

According to the “Vientiane Declaration”, the MLC’s future course of action will attach priority to the post COVID-19 economic recovery, enhancing regional connectivity, facilitating sustainable development, enhancing cooperation on Public Health and addressing non-traditional security challenges.

After the session, a brief ceremony of handing over of Co-chairmanship to Myanmar from Lao PDR was held and President U Win Myint took over the Co-chairmanship of the MLC from the Prime Minister of Lao PDR and delivered an acceptance speech as incoming Co-chair. Myanmar will serve as Co-chair of Mekong-Lancang Cooperation together with the permanent Co-chair, China for a tenure of two years.

Officially established in 2016, the Mekong-Lancang Cooperation is composed of Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam with the aim to assist regional efforts to achieve sustainable inclusive development and narrowing development gaps in the region, while promoting peace and prosperity. The MLC Special Fund has provided funds for implementation of (51) projects in Myanmar to date in support of the National Sustainable Development Strategy of Myanmar with a total value of US$16.3 million.

Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin, Permanent Secretaries of the President Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Senior Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also present at the meeting.