Opening ceremony of Ayeyawady Region director office building for Ministry of Ethnic Affairs Department of Ethnical Literature and Culture and Department of Protecting Ethnic Rights was held at Ayeyawady Region, Pathein, No. 13 Ward, Mahazedi Street yesterday morning. The office building was opened by Union Minister for Ethnic Affairs Nai Thet Lwin, Ayeyawady Region Chief Minister U Hla Moe Aung, minister for Kayin ethnic affairs Ga Moe Myat Myat Thu and minister for Rakhine ethnic affairs U Tin Saw cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
Ceremony attendees then observed the documentary photos of ethnic nationals displayed in the office.
Next, the second part of the office building ceremony was held where Union Minister Nai Thet Lwin said ethnic national brothers and sisters are to remove hatred and prejudices and establish a true and long lasting peace. In the President’s New Year remark the people were urged to cooperate more in the government’s works such as establishing peace in the union, a democratic federal union and development processes. As such ethnic national brothers and sisters are to participate in this more enthusiastically. Much effort is to be made toward gross national product growth while cooperating toward eradication of psychotropic pills that are endangering and destroying the futures of ethnic national youths, said the Union Minister.
Afterwards, Ayeyawady Region Chief Minister U Hla Moe Aung said the Union Government is working hand-in-hand with the entire people and ethnic nationals toward achieving national reconciliation and peace in the union. Ethnic nationals in Ayeyawady Region are to retain their literature, culture, traditions and their national identities on one hand while strive toward socio-economic development of ethnic nationals in the region, success of national reconciliation and union peace processes and participate in friendship and collective strength toward establishment of a better future union.
Later Ministry of Ethnic Affairs Department of Protecting Ethnic Rights Director General Dr. L Tu Meang Gaung explained about the duties and responsibilities of the ministry and the construction of the new building and then presented cash presents to Kayin and Rakhine cultural troupes and Pathein University ethnic national cultural troupe that performed at the opening ceremony.
The new office building is a two-story 80x60x24 ft. reinforced concrete building constructed by Building Special Group 15, Public Works Department, Ministry of Construction in fiscal year 2017-2018 with union fund K 341.96 million. It is the fourth such building built in states and regions it is learnt.
(Translated by Zaw Min)