September 22, 2017

Ethnic unity, environmental conservation prioritised

President U Htin Kyaw delivers an address at the National Planning Commission meeting in Nay Pyi Taw.  Photo: MNA

The unity of ethnic nationals, human resources development and conservation of the environment need to be included as priorities in the country’s future, it was decided yesterday at the National Planning Commission meeting yesterday.
President U Htin Kyaw, the commission chairman, noted at the meeting at the Presidential Palace that the first National Planning Commission meeting held in January had decided upon a long term requirement for national development, a budget that conforms with the adopted national economic policy and a National Planning Law. But there was still the need to discuss and identify priority processes for annual programmes, priority works and implementation methods.
“In drawing up a national plan, the unity of ethnic nationals, rule of law, stability, human resources development and conservation of the natural environment need to be included”, said U Htin Kyaw.
Furthermore, projects and works included in the national plan need to be studied and assessed for feasibility, economic viability, benefit to the people and benefit to regional development. Suggestions and comments made by hluttaw representatives in the second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw fourth regular session meeting need to be reviewed and assessed to draw up the FY 2018-2019 National Plan, President U Htin Kyaw said
The meeting was attended by National Planning Commission Vice Chairmen State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice Presidents U Myint Swe and U Henry Van Thio, National Planning Commission members Union Ministers, Union Attorney General, Union Auditor General, Union Civil Service Board Chairman, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman, states and regions Chief Ministers, Central Bank of Myanmar governor, self-administered division and region chairmen and officials.
The President said the first National Planning Commission meeting was held on 9 January 2017 where the incumbent government’s first drawn National Planning Bill for FY 2017-2018 was discussed and confirmed before submission to the Pyithu Hluttaw.
In yesterday’s National Planning Commission meeting, the pros and cons of implementing the FY 2017-2018 National Plan were discussed. Myanmar’s economic growth estimated by international organizations were 6.5 per cent by the World Bank, 6.4 per cent by Asian Development Bank, 6.3 per cent by the International Monetary Fund and 6 per cent by ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office. Also, it was decided that there was a need to formulate and coordinate work programmes for effective and timely implementation of FY 2017-2018 National Plan approved and enacted by Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in the union, states and regions. Lastly, it was decided there was a need to connect the benefits for the union and people with set national economic policy in drawing up the FY 2018-2019 National Plan.
The National Planning Commission secretary Union Minister for Planning and Finance U Kyaw Win explained the process and status of drawing up, implementing and managing national plans.
Afterwards, Union Ministers U Win Khaing, U Thant Sin Maung, Dr. Than Myint, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein and Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung discussed electrical, special economic zone, export and import and transport sectors.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Vice Chairperson of the commission, said links between the union government and state and regional governments need to be strong. In addition to the government’s effort, people’s cooperation is required for rule of law.
“It is important for the Union government and states and regional governments to work in coordination. The National Plan is to be approached with thoughts on the duties and responsibilities of states and regions in a federal democratic union system.
Duties and responsibilities come together with rights and being responsible and dutiful was very important. There will always be challenges and state and regional governments need to do their best to resolve these challenges and problems of the projects”, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said.




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