July 04, 2017

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Amyotha Hluttaw debates transparency over MICA

MP Naw Christ Tun. Photo: MNA

An MP submitted a proposal at the Amyotha Hluttaw meeting yesterday to ensure greater transparency of ways of doing the business and profits of Myanmar International Cooperation Agency, complaining that the agency has not been established in accordance with the law and has managed the state-owned assets and factories since its establishment.
MP Naw Christ Tun (a) Dr Akar Moe of Constituency-7 from Kayin State suggested abolition of MICA, whose stated aim is to boost fish and meat production and to assist in food sufficiency for the country, as it has not brought benefits to the people.
She also called for transparency in its management of the state-owned factories, firms and lands without permission of the Union Government and urged the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation to make the agency’s financial management transparent.
The agency was established with 34 officials and 70 strong staff according to the meeting resolution 13/2014 of the Union Government on 3 July 2014.
According to the debate at the parliament, the MICA had taken over 48 farms owned by the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, 64.54 acres in Danyingon, 17 fisheries-related property and more than 90 acres owned by the Insein Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department.
The role of livestock and the fishery business, which has been taken over by the MICA, is disappearing in Myanmar because MICA has carried out businesses such as development which are not related to the livestock and fishery sector, she said.
“There are challenges and needs for the veterinary sector, treatment, food supply, small and medium livestock and fishery businesses and job opportunities, and (due to MICA), the country’s economy has been crippled, causing losses of public fund,” she said.—Myanmar News Agency

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