December 18, 2016

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No budget cuts to construction of Myanmar-Bangladesh border fence

Two men walk along the fence separating Myanmar and Bangladesh in Maungdaw, northern Rakhine State. Photo: Reuters
Two men walk along the fence separating Myanmar and Bangladesh in Maungdaw, northern Rakhine State. Photo: Reuters

NO budget cuts were made to the construction of the fence along the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh, and the construction will continue, said U Zaw Htay, the deputy director general of the President’s Office.
The 2016-2017 state budget allocated K5.5 billion to the construction of the border fence.
This budget allocation was approved by the first Phythu Hluttaw under the previous government, and when the new government came to power, the budget was re-evaluated.
Nevertheless, the approved allocation of the budget for building the border fence was neither cut nor reduced, said U Zaw Htay.
“Although the claims cannot be confirmed, concerns have been raised over border security following recent remarks made by Facebook users. This being so, clarifications must be made, and all successive governments must lay emphasis on border security,” wrote U Zaw Htay on his Facebook page.
The building of the Myanmar-Bangladesh began in 2009. The task was assigned to the Office of the Quartermaster General by Myanmar Police Force. The Myanmar Police Force, under the Ministry of Home Affairs, requested the budget for the project, and construction was assigned to the Garrison Engineering Units under the Office of the Quartermaster General.
Four phases of construction have been finished as of the 2014-2015 financial year. However, the original budget allocation from 2015-2016 did not include the current project, so additional funds were requested from the supplementary budget. However, the demands for more funds were rejected, so the funds will be sought in the next budget allocation.
The budget was not cut this year, and building of the fence has resumed, said U Zaw Htay.

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