June 29, 2017

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President inspects development tasks in Rakhine State

President U Thein Sein cordially greets local ethnic women in Mrauk-U. Photo: MNA
President U Thein Sein cordially greets local ethnic women in Mrauk-U. Photo: MNA

PRESIDENT U Thein Sein, together with Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, union ministers and deputy ministers, arrived in Sittway in Rakhine State on Tuesday morning.
The president and party were welcomed by acting Chief Minister of Rakhine State U Mya Aung, officials and local people before proceeding to Mrauk-U. In Mrauk-U the president and party attended the golden umbrella and diamond orb hoisting ceremony of the Mahapyinnyakyaw Pagoda.
The president offered 50 Buddha images and 50 solar lamps to Alodawpyay Sayadaw and Kathina robes to the abbot of Buywetmahnyo Monastery. The Maha Pyinnyakyaw Pagoda is located in the compound of Minister Maha Pyinnyakyaw and was built during the reign of King Min Yaza Gyi in AD 1600.
The president met with Hluttaw representatives, members of the township management committee, the township development supporting committee, the township development affairs committee, departmental officials and town elders at the meeting hall of Mrauk-U District General Administration Department.At the meeting the president said that he had visited Mrauk-U on 6 August to deliver relief aids to flood victims. The president pointed out that one-third of the country was hit by various natural disasters at the end of last July but with the cooperation of government agencies, both national and local and the local civilian population, the situation had returned almost to normal and it was now necessary to attempt to improve living conditions and increase disaster resistance. The president added that during the about five years of the term of the government, efforts have been made to implement reform measures without bloodshed. He said it requires careful planning to shift from one political system to a completely different system. He added that it is important for the image of the nation to hold the November 8 elections in a free and fair manner. There are concerns at home and abroad for stability before and after the elections. Over ten thousand observers including about one thousand international observers and over 9,000 local observers will monitor the elections. The international community does not have great confidence due to the lack of democratic culture and experience in Myanmar, the president said. In conclusion, the president urged local people to cooperate with the government to hold the elections in a free and fair manner. The district commissioner, officials of the CB KMA Foundation and the chairman of Mrauk-U township development affair committee reported on flood relief efforts and regional development tasks. The group inspected new houses for flood victims donated by the CB KMA Foundation in Htamarik New Village and the reconstruction of a middle school hit by floods in Mrauk-U. The president met with Hluttaw representatives, members of the township management committee, the township development supporting committee and the township development affairs committee departmental officials and town elders at Yarmaung Hall in Minbya.
A town elder expressed thanks for the President’s time and listed the township’s development needs. The president and party later returned to Sittway and inspected the renovation of Sittway Point.
A local official reported on the renovation of the Sittway Point Beach, which has been renovated at the cost of K 2 billion under the arrangement of Rakhine State government.
The president visited Sittway, Mrauk-U and Minbya on 6 August and Buthidaung and Yathedaung on 7 August to inspect relief efforts following Cyclone Koman.—Myanmar News Agency

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