Nay Pyi Taw, 11 May — President U Thein Sein welcomed the State Councillor and Secretary General of China’s State Council Mr. Yang Jing, at the Presidential Palace on Monday.
Their discussion focused on cooperation in the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, promotion of bilateral ties, investment in the energy sector and the development of the Kyaukpyu special economic zone in Rakhine State.
The president and secretary general also discussed the 21st Century Maritime Silk Route Economic Belt, a Chinese initiative to foster international investment and cooperation.
The meeting was attended by Union ministers U Wunna Maung Lwin, U Tin Naing Thein, U Kyaw Hsan, U Myint Hlaing, U Ohn Myint, U Zeyar Aung and U Ye Htut, along with the visiting Chinese delegation and Chinese ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Yang Houlan.
President U Thein Sein on the same day held a meeting with union ministers and deputy ministers concerning infrastructure development plans in Pasho-Kenglak area near Myanmar-Lao Border.
The bridge has created an east-west Myanmar-Laos-Vietnam corridor through northwestern Laos.
The president said border townships near the bridge will see progress in the near future, and the appropriate ministries must prepare for infrastructural projects in the Pasho-Kenglak area in Tachilek Township.
He also urged the government officials to draw a town plan for Kenglak as soon as possible, without damaging cultivated lands and farms.
U Thein Sein added that the infrastructural plan should include building of hotels, schools, markets, hospitals and telecommunication networks, as well as the upgrading of the Kengtung-Tachilek motorway, a small airfield and jetties near the bridge.
He emphasized the formation of a joint-committee by the ministries for construction of dams and reservoirs for multiple cultivation and electricity generation projects for the area to meet the needs of its increasing population.—MNA