December 15, 2016

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President U Thein Sein urges peace, unity in Kayah State

President U Thein Sein accepts a picture presented by  the Pagoda Board of Trustees of Myo-Nan Pagoda in Loikaw, Kayah State.
President U Thein Sein accepts a picture presented by the Pagoda Board of Trustees of Myo-Nan Pagoda in Loikaw, Kayah State.

President U Thein Sein visited Kayah State on Saturday to attend ceremonies for the opening of a bridge and commencement of state-wide electricity supply via the national grid.
In an address, he urged locals to ensure peace and unity in the state.
U Thein Sein met local communities from Loikaw, the state’s capital, and Demoso Township at the state government office.
The president said the newly opened Thanlwin Bridge (Paswang) will help people link with the Mese area, on the eastern part of Thanlwin river near the Thai border, and promote quality of life of residents.
The government has plans to set up a border trade zone at Mese after discussions with the Thai government, U Thein Sein said.
He added small and medium-scale industries are to be set up to produce export items for the neighbouring country. The border state is now supplying power to eight townships and 254 villages.
Electricity could be distributed to only five townships and some villages in Kayah state until 2011, although the Beluchaung hydropower project has provided electricity to major cities in the state since 1960.
At the meeting, Union Minister for the President’s Office U Hla Tun, Union Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development U Ohn Myint, Union Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry U Win Tun, Union Minister for Electrical Power U Khin Maung Soe, Union Minister for Commerce U Win Myint, Union Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lwin and Union Minister for Health Dr Than Aung outlined development programmes in Kayah state.
President U Thein Sein and senior government officials visited Thiri-Mingalar Taunggwe Pagoda and Myo-Nan Pagoda in Loikaw in the morning. They returned to Nay Pyi Taw in the afternoon.

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