Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor and chairperson of the central committee for implementation of the progress of border areas and national races, gave the opening speech at the meeting held yesterday afternoon at the Union Government Office in Nay Pyi Taw.
Present at the meeting were Vice Presidents U Myint Swe and U Henry Van Thio, Central Committee Members, Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Lt-Gen Sein Win, Lt-Gen Ye Aung, U Kyaw Tint Swe, Chief Ministers of States and Regions, high-ranking officials of the Tatmataw, deputy minister Brigadier-general Than Htut and other officials.
In her opening address, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said the matter of race was of importance for everyone in Myanmar.
“Progress and development of border areas and national races are uncerned with the whole nation. We aim at the emergence of a Federal Union, that is, a united and strengthened nation inclusive of all national races.
The state counsellor said the continued maturity of a nation cannot occur without harmony.
“Without unity and stability, we cannot achieve progress and development in any way. Development follows the unity. Without development, we will find it difficult to maintain peace and stability. Hence, it can be said that it is the responsibility of the central committee to implement the two facts in balance. Ministries of the Union have their respective responsibilities, as do the States and Regions. I assume that we, the central committee members, are responsible to help the ministries to implement all the commitments hand in hand with one another”, she said.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that the central committee will advise on how regions and states must perform for upgrading and maintaining of nation’s development sustainably, which must be done with consideration for the development of all citizens. Depending upon the submission of States and Regions, the Union Government is to make decisions as to how to support them.
“Presently, the cooperation between the Union Government and States & Regions’ Cabinets is not satisfactory as hoped.
The most important thing is that we need suggestions of all regions and states as to which way progress and development of border areas and national races should go to support and push for the process of peace”, she said.
Afterward, Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Union Minister for Border Affairs and secretary of the central committee, clarified the set-up of the central committee, its responsibilities, policy and objectives, process, its background and implementation of border areas and the development of all national races.
Chief Ministers and central committee members then discussed the activities and processes to be implemented further. —Myanmar News Agency