U Tun Ohn, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, said that a draft proposal asking for designation of Mrauk U as a world cultural heritage zone will be submitted in September 2018, in meeting with members of the implementation committee over suggestions on Rakhine State and responsible officials from Maungtaw district.
To initiate the preparation for designating the Mrauk U region as a world cultural heritage zone, the Rakhine State Government will spend Ks38.5 million.
“There are three kinds of heritage — cultural heritage, natural heritage and mixture heritage — culture and nature. Mixture heritage is the kind such as Inlay Lake. Mrauk is cultural heritage. So arrangements are being made to have the Mrauk U region enlisted as a world cultural heritage site. On completion of the preparation tasks, the proposal (draft) will be compiled and submitted to UNESCO in September 2018. After that, a board consisting of 21 countries in UNESCO will make a survey in Mrauk U IN 2019 to decide the designation as a cultural heritage zone by voting”, U Tun Ohn said,
If Mrauk U is designated as a world cultural heritage site, data collection will be carried out for conservation of other areas in Rakhine State, it was learnt. If it can be implemented, building up an airport in Rakhine State and upgrading the tourism industry in the area will be carried out in consultation with respective ministries and, other economic enterprises and industries related to the region will develop.
News Min Htet Aung, Tin Maung Lwin