August 24, 2016

VP U Henry Van Thio talks about dangers of ineffective water resource management

Vice President U Henry Van Thio. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Henry Van Thio. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Henry Van Thio warned yesterday that poor water resource management could lead to an economic downturn caused by flooding and water scarcity and crises causing social unrest, disease and malnutrition.
In his address at a meeting of the National Water Resources Committee in Nay Pyi Taw, the Vice President, who is also the chairman of the committee, said that water policy, laws rules and regulations regarding water resources should be carefully reviewed to ensure that they conform to present situations.
He stressed the need for an institutional framework that supports a comprehensive water resources management plan involving Union and Region/State organizations, delta regions, public and private sectors and all stakeholders.
A comprehensive water management plan is critical to ‘All-Inclusive Development’ in the country, said the Vice-President, adding that it is the bound duty of Myanmar to implement the plan based on the National Water Policy and Integrated Water Resources Management System.
He emphasized the need for collaborative efforts to effectively realise the tasks of the national water resources committee and to development policies that can provide real benefits to the people and infrastructure needed for development of the country within a relatively short period of time.
Next, the Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung, the vice-chairman of the committee, elaborated on the utilisation and management of water resources.
Regional ministers and other officials then reported on international cooperation in the country’s water resources sector and water resources projects.—Myanmar News Agency


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