A possible trading zone at the India-Myanmar border and the H1N1 virus was among the issues discussed at yesterday’s meeting of the Pyithu Hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw.
U Naing Win of Tamu constituency asked whether there was a plan to set up a trading zone to boost trade volume at the Myanmar–India border trading of Tamu Township. Deputy Minister of Commerce U Aung Htoo replied that the Tamu Trading Centre has been opened since 1995, and the annual trading value at that centre has been only US$45 million. The centre accounts for only 0.6 per cent of the total trade volume of all border trading centres.
“To implement successfully the Tamu Trade Zone, the Kalewa-Kyigone-Tamu Road on the Myanmar side needs to be upgraded, and there is no peace and tranquility in Moreh of Manipur State of India which borders the Tamu District of Myanmar. Therefore, the Sagaing Region government sent their opinion that the trade zone should be established only when the area becomes peaceful and better in security” said U Aung Htoo.
U Aung Htoo concluded that due to the insufficient basic requirements and the poor potential of trading, setting up a trade zone in Tamu will not currently be implemented.
U Thein Tun of Kyaung Gone constituency put forward an important motion that says “Union Government is urged to carry out educative awareness campaigns extensively at busy or crowded area such as schools, markets, factories, train stations, bus stations, ports, airports, etc. to contain the spread of disease caused by Seasonal Influenza A (H1N1). Regarding this motion, Dr U Than Aung Soe of Minhla constituency said educative campaigns are underway, and the experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) also said not to be overly concerned about the H1N1 virus. What is the most important is to not go to the crowded places and to wash the hands often.
U Khin Cho of Hlaing Bwe constituency said in order not to become infected, vaccinations are needed.
“If H1N1 happens to combine with H5N1, which occurs in Dawei, genetic mutations can take place and a new strain of virus will result. If it happens, it will be very dangerous for people. So people should stay vigilant”, U Khin Cho said.
Lt. Colonel San Thida Khin, Tatmataw Pyithu Hluttaw Representative, said because of poor health knowledge of the people, low income, weakness in food knowledge and social systems and insufficient support of health knowledge, the spread of disease may become rampant and will be very dangerous if the spread of disease goes out of control. She supported the motion by urging the government to collect and distribute protective gear, medicine and aid and, if needed, to use money from the reserve fund so as to effectively control the disease.
Kyaw Thu Htet, Hmwe Kyu Zin/Myanmar News Agency