September 16, 2016

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discusses signing of OPRC Convention


Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than.

THE Pyidaungsu Hluttaw put on record the goodwill visit of President U Htin Kyaw to India and the appointment of Dr Tun Naing as deputy minister for Electricity and Energy and that of U Win Maw Tun as deputy minister for Education.
Deputy Minister for Transportation and Communications U Kyaw Myo explained why the country should sign the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation (OPRC 1990 Convention) as proposed by the President.
In his explanation, the deputy minister spoke of the benefits of becoming a signatory to the Convention, stressing that the country’s new economic opportunities would see more foreign oil tankers coming and going, thereby raising the risk of oil spills.
As a signatory, the country would receive prompt and effective assistance in order to minimise the damages caused by oil pollution incidents.
Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than invited interested representatives to discuss the issue in the next parliamentary session.
Education Deputy Minister U Win Maw Tun sought parliamentary approval for the formation of the Commission for National Education Policy in line with the National Education Law, saying that the commission would be formed with 21 members, who he said have been chosen. The proposal won parliamentary approval.
The commission will report  on its undertakings to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and the government at least every six months, he added.
MPs also discussed loans to be taken from the Asian Development Bank and the French Development Agency.


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