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July 18, 2018

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw concludes its eighth regular session

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than. Photo: MNA

At the 11th-day meeting of the second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s eighth regular session held yesterday morning, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than explained the works conducted during the eighth regular session.
During the day’s meeting, two bills were put on record, the discussion of the Hluttaw representatives on the National Education Policy Commission (NEPC) work report was responded and explained, and a report on the Revenue Appellate Tribunal Bill was read.

Two bills put on record
At first, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw speaker announced the Hluttaw putting on record the fourth bill to amend the Anti-Corruption Law and the bill amending the Television and Video Law, considered as approved by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.

Hluttaw decides, approves Science, Technology and Innovation Bill
Next, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced the approval of the Hluttaw on the Science, Technology and Innovation Bill, sent by the President with comments, after the Hluttaw decided on the bill by paragraph.

NEPC, MoE on NEPC work report discussion by Hluttaw representatives
Later, the NEPC and the Ministry of Education (MoE) responded to and explained the discussion held by the Hluttaw representatives on the NEPC work report for six months (2017 October to 2018 April).
NEPC Vice-Chairman U Nyi Hla Nge explained the commission collecting data/information, coordinating, discussing and deciding to establish the national education policy.
Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi said the education reform was implemented according to the National Education Law 2014 and the 2015 Law amending the National Education Law. The priority and strategic project works outlined in the National Education Strategic Plan (2016-2021) were also implemented.
During the three academic years of 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, the number of students increased from over 8.6 million to 8.89 million and 9.17 million. Priority was given to difficult areas resulting in a significant increase in students in middle and high schools.
The ministry not only created education opportunities but implemented them according to the National Education Strategic Plan. Only through discussions with teachers and learners can perform deep learning and quality education be implemented. Experts who can compete in the labour market can only be produced if vocational education and training are first class. The union minister explained that only through the united force of the parents, teachers, public, state/region governments and the Hluttaw representatives can quality education be implemented.
Following this, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced the Hluttaw putting on record the NEPC six months work report no. 3, as well as the discussion of the Hluttaw representatives, the response and explanation by the NEPC and the Ministry of Education.

Hluttaw approves revenue appellate tribunal bill
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw joint bill committee member Daw Nwe Nwe Aung then read the report on additional findings and comments of the joint bill committee on the Revenue Appellate Tribunal Bill, sent by the union government. The committee member said the joint bill committee report on the bill was submitted during the seventh-day meeting of the second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s eighth regular session. At the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting held on 12 June 2018, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw representatives U Khun Win Thaung, U Soe Thein @ U Maung Soe and U Myo Win discussed and submitted an amendment to the report. The committee conducted a hearing on 14 June 2018 about the suggestions made by the Hluttaw representatives, where the Hluttaw representatives accepted the additional amendment of the joint bill committee. The bill committee member explained that the additional amendment of the joint bill committee is being reported to the Hluttaw for approval.
A motion to approve the report by paragraph was made, and the Hluttaw decided and approved the report.
Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Maung Maung Win then tabled a motion to approve the entire bill.
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced the Hluttaw approving the entire bill after the decision of the Hluttaw was obtained.

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker on works conducted during eighth regular session
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than explained the works conducted during the second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s eighth regular session. The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker said 11 days of meetings were held during this session, where six laws were approved and four bills were sent to the President to sign.
In addition to this, a discussion and confirmation on two international agreements sent by the President and the matter of loan from the Central Bank of Myanmar were conducted. In the soon to be called ninth regular session, the annual budget and the tax bill for the 2018-2019 fiscal year will be discussed and approved, as well as other Hluttaw duties performed.
Instructions were issued to report to the Central Committee for Development Programme by 30 April 2018 on the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw development fund for the 2017-2018 FY and the completion status of constituency-wise region development works. Of the 325 townships, three remain to submit this, and these have to be reported, as soon as possible. If there are extra funds for the works that are not conducted due to various reasons, it is to be returned via the Myanma Economic Bank branches, said the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker.
Moreover, all need to study and assess the priority works by the constituency for the forthcoming fiscal years. The township-wise development works are to be completed within the fiscal year, and payments, as well as other supporting evidence, are to be systematically maintained and readied for scrutiny, added the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker.
While the Hluttaw meetings are adjourned, all need to listen to the true voices of the people in their respective constituencies and are urged to cooperate and do their best according to the law, said the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker.
Finally, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced the successful completion of the second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s eighth regular session.

Aung Ye Thwin, Aye Aye Thant

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