November 21, 2017

Rakhine rebirth needs unity: State Counsellor

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi chats with businessmen yesterday at a ceremony to accept donation for Rakhine State. Photo; MNA

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has called for businessmen to show their strength and unity with the government and the people by helping with the rehabilitation and resettlement efforts in Rakhine State.
Her remarks came at a ceremony at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday to accept cash donations from the country’s businessmen for the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine (UEHRD), an organisation she chairs.
She called on the businessmen to give advice to the Union Government for the economic development of Rakhine State, saying that “ Our main strength is cooperation”.
Rehabilitation is a social and political need, she said.
While denouncing the destruction in the conflict areas in northern Rakhine State, the State Counsellor warned that consequences come after unlawful actions in a country.

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi together with the country’s businessmen for the UEHRD pose for a documentary photo in Nay Pyi Taw on 20 October. Photo: MNA

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged the businessmen to operate in a new economic machanism, pledging that her administration would encourage competition among the businesses in Rakhine in implementing the rehabilitation, resettlement and development project.
The effort in Rakhine State could be considered the pilot project for concurrent dual implementation of peace and development.
In her concluding remarks, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi called for unity among the government, the people and the businessmen for the success of the project in Rakhine State as part of efforts for laying down a foundation for the Union.
Total donations at the ceremony yesterday reached K17.7 billion.
The ceremony was also attended by Union Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe, Deputy Minister U Min Thu, U Khin Maung Tin, Chief Coordinator of UEHRD Dr Aung Tun Thet, Information and Communications Director U Kyaw Myaing and other officials.
Bank accounts at Ayeyawady Bank, KBZ Bank and CB Bank for public contribution to the project will be announced soon, it was learnt.

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