August 30, 2016

Pyithu Hluttaw to debate urgent proposal on Rakhine Commission

U Tun Tun Oo.
U Tun Tun Oo.

Pyithu Hluttaw decided to debate a proposal calling for the formation of an Advisory Commission on Rakhine State with local experts in order to avoid having the country’s internal affairs become an international issue due to the appointment of three foreigners to the commission yesterday.
U Aung Kyaw Zan, a representative of the Pauktaw Constituency of Rakhine State, put forward an urgent motion regarding the proposed creation of the commission with the release of a statement by the State Counsellor’s Office on 24 August to Pyithu Hluttaw.
A question-and-answer session followed, with the Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Maung Maung Win responding to parliamentary questions.
The deputy minister said that Myanmar has entered into six free trade agreements, namely the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement, the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement, the ASEAN-Korea Free Trade Agreement, the ASEAN-Japan Free Trade Agreement, the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement, and the ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement.
Myanmar has no free trade agreements with other countries, said the deputy minister, adding that it is required to examine whether the country should sign the Rome treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC) in accord with its existing laws. Next, he replied to a question about allotment of budgets to government organizations for the next fiscal year, saying that the calculation of proposed budgets for 2017-2018 based on regional prices will be carried out.
The Attorney-General of the Union U Tun Tun Oo then submitted a bill amending the Law Translation Commission Law to Pyithu Hluttaw, and the Bill Committee read out its report on the Bill.
During yesterday’s session, Pyithu Hluttaw representatives donated their daily allowances of K15 million for restoration of quake-hit cultural heritages and pagodas in Bagan.


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