September 14, 2016

Government will not open forests to logging companies: MTE

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Myanmar Timber Enterprise will carry out logging by itself and will not allow private companies to fell and take trees from Myanmar forests, Union Minister U Ohn Win told the Pyithu Hluttaw yesterday.
Works are underway to halt the extraction of teak and other hardwood and reduce the annual allowable cut (AAC), said the Union minister, adding that measures are being taken to interrupt illegal trade in timber and forest products.
Next, the Union minister elaborated on large-scale marble extraction in Nayputaung quarry in Taungup Township of Rakhine State, saying that No 1 Mining Department received US$3,278.782 as 3 per cent mineral tax and $21,202.82 as 20 per cent production sharing following the export of 612.1846 metric tonnes by the Myanmar Simco Song Da Joint Stock Company Limited (MYSICO), a Vietnamese company.
According to the Union minister, the marble extraction enterprise is operating with an investment of $18.147million under a 20-year contract.
During yesterday’s Pyithu Hluttaw session, Union Minister Thura U Aung Ko also responded to a question regarding the ministry’s plan to preserve religious edifices across the country including Kyauktan Township.
The Union minister said that the government laid down policies for preservation of cultural heritage, adding that four destinations in the township have been set as cultural sites and preservation works are underway.  The ministry is handling provision of technical assistance to repair of ancient pagodas and buildings.


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