August 19, 2016

President visits five towns in Rakhine State

President U Thein Sein being welcomed by local people in Thandwe. Photo: MNA
President U Thein Sein being welcomed by local people in Thandwe. Photo: MNA

ADEQUATE transportation and power supplies are vital to ensuring regional development, President U Thein Sein said yesterday morning to local officials and the public during his visit to five towns in Rakhine State.
The president visited Sittway, Thandwe, Taungup, Yanbye and Manaung and was accompanied by Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, as well as union ministers and the acting Rakhine State chief minister and senior military officers.
In Sittwe, the president paid homage to Buddha images at Lawkananda Pagoda, where he also met local elders and departmental officials. He pledged to provide improved telecommunications to residents.
He called for greater efforts to create jobs in the region by promoting agricultural and maritime products.
He urged locals to keep up the momentum of ongoing development projects and to help ensure the rule of law in the region. He promised an adequate supply of water after the reclamation of the Kandawgyi Lake, a major water supply facility in Sitwe with a distribution capacity of 1.2 million gallons per day.
According to officials, K2.41 billion (US$1.8million) will be spent on upgrading the water facility, which after completion will be able to provide 4.6 million gallons to the town per day, whose current daily demand stands at 2.6 million gallons.
During the president’s visit, three members of the public donated K140 million (US$109,790) for development projects in Rakhine State. The president donated money for the pagoda through the board of trustees.
In Taungup, President U Thein Sein urged department officials and residents to strive for regional development by encouraging small and medium enterprises.
In Yanbye, the president explained recovery efforts in the region’s flood-hit areas to departmental officials and locals, urging them to take the holding of free and fair elections as a national concern.
In separate meetings with officials and locals in Manaung and Thandwe, the president discussed development measures, focusing on landscaping works and power supplies and calling for the promotion of tourism.
The president left Thandwe for Magwe Region, where he visited Magwe Myathalun Pagoda and donated money.—Myanmar News Agency


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