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June 03, 2020

2nd Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 6th regular session concludes

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw is being convened in Nay Pyi Taw.  Photo: MNA

The 2nd Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 6th regular session 12th day meeting was held yesterday morning at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting hall in Hluttaw building, Nay Pyi Taw.The 2nd Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 6th regular session 12th day meeting was held yesterday morning at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting hall in Hluttaw building, Nay Pyi Taw.Newly appointed members of union-level organisations Union Minister for the Office of the Union Government U Thaung Tun, Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin, Anti-Corruption Commission chairman U Aung Kyi, secretary U San Win, members U Soe Tint, U Aung Lwin, U Han Nyunt, Daw Myat Myat Soe, U Aung Than Myint, U Khin Maung Myint, U Myo Myint, Daw Aye Aye Mu, U Zaw Win and Daw Lei Lei Thwin took the oath of office in the presence of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker.The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker then submitted the substitute assignment of members of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw representative assessment committee and after obtaining the decision of the Hluttaw, announced the confirmation of the assignment.The public account joint committee comments and findings report 13/2017 on FY 2017-2018 first six month report of conducting the national plan sent by the government and the discussion of the Hluttaw representatives were then explained and discussed by union-level organisations.Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win said there was no logging during FY 2016-2017, but extracted woods remaining in the forest were taken out during the first six months, bringing the wood extraction figures to 22,128 tons of teak and 157,742 tons of hardwood.For FY 2017-2018, 15,000 tons of teak and 350,000 tons of hardwood are planned to be extracted.

The first six months is a period during which the trees are only marked and no felling and extraction conducted. The extraction figures for this six month period declined, as only 3,332 tons of teak and 59,724 of hardwood were taken out. Felling and extraction works will be conducted in the coming open season and will be conducted to meet the target.In order to keep the amount of the country covered by forest at above 42.92 per cent and for the redevelopment of forests, the Myanmar forest redevelopment plan was drawn up from 2017-2018 to 2026-2027 and, with the consent and permission of the government, is being implemented starting from 2017-2018.Extraction, distribution and sales programmes of wood for FY 2017-2018 have been submitted to the President’s Office. For the country as a whole, 10,620 teak and 179,498 hardwood trees, for Magway Region, 1,350 teak and 23,645 hardwood trees, for Mindon Township 300 teak and 6,868 hardwood trees were planned to be extracted. In Mindon Township, 300 teak and 5,342 trees were marked and the logging operations are conducted in stages to ensure that it is done according to the contract terms and there is no illegal logging explained the Union Minister.The reports and discussions of the Hluttaw representatives were then further explained by Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw on behalf of Union Minister for Industry, Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Maung Maung Win and Deputy Minister U Set Aung.Next, the public account joint committee vice chairman tabled a motion for the Hluttaw to accept and agree the report 13/2017. Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker obtained the decision of the Hluttaw and announced the report being put on record, accepted and agreed by the Hluttaw.Similarly, the public account joint committee comments and findings report 14/2017 on union budget report for the first six months of FY 2017-2018 sent by the government and the discussion of the Hluttaw representatives were explained and discussed by members of union level organisations.U Maung Maung Win, Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance clarified, “Concerning the statement that the Ministry of Planning and Finance which received most income including revenues and taxes managed to implement only 43.86 percent of the annual income target, the facts and figures presented were actually the ones calculated based on actual amounts for 5 months plus estimated amount for one month. According to the preliminary data, the actual amount for first 6 months was K 3096.109 billion. Compared to the amount received in the FY 2015-2016, it exceeded K 812.031 billion and K 719.209 billion more than FY 2016-2017. So, the received amount for the first six months of the FY 2017-2018 is the greatest amounts within three fiscal years.” Then, Deputy Minister added, “Economic reforms of State-owned economic enterprises were initiated starting from FY 2012-2013. Finding out advantages and disadvantages from them led to effective success. Assessment on expenditures which will cause great burden for the country and financial effects over national incomes from the assessment and conclusion boards formed, compilation of the manual on monitoring capacities of State-owned economic enterprises, inclusion of study on reforms of State-owned economic enterprises as a subject in Public Expenditure Review (PER-2) cooperated by linking with the World Bank are underway. Concerning the report on the Union Budget for the first six months, the Ministry of Planning and Finance will implement after assessing on suggestions and conclusion of Public Accounts Joint Committee, and suggestions of Hluttaw representatives.”Over the reports and suggestions made by Hluttaw representatives, Union Auditor-General U Maw Than and U Kyaw Lin, Deputy Minister for Construction replied respectively. U Sai Thiha Kyaw, member of the Public Account Joint Committee put forward the report 14/2017 to Hluttaw, followed by the announcement of the approval from the Hluttaw.   Mahn Win Khaing Than, Patron of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw explained concerning Hluttaw Performances in 2nd Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 6th regular session, “During the period when the 6th Regular Session was held, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approved the law on additional budget allotment for the FY 2017-2018, with the Amendment of Union Attorney General Law (Bill), 2017, Statistics Law (Bill) and Myanmar Companies Law (Bill) were sent to the President to sign for enactment. And, extension of two more Union Ministries, assignment of the newly appointed two ministers and formation of new anti-corruption commission were performed in accord with rules and laws. 9 Matters for Myanmar to take part in signing in the international treaties and agreements including BIMSTED Convention and two internal loans were discussed in Hluttaw for the approval. In administration sector, report on implementation of monetary policy for FY 2015-2016 of the Central Bank of Myanmar and stability of monetary system, report of work accomplishment in the first six months period of Myanmar National Education Policy Commission, report of performances in one year period of Myanmar Investment Commission, Union Budget Report were discussed and put on record. ““Myanmar financial year will commence to be changed starting from FY 2018-2019. 8 Matters including putting the Message of the President on record were accomplished. For the current year, a total of K 32499.998 million from the regional development fund on Pyidaungsu Hluttaw for 325 townships were permitted. Union Government will change from October 1 to September 30 starting the FY 2018-2019. In managing budget for projects for 6 months period from 1st April 2018—the end of the current financial year to 30th September, regional development fund on Pyidaungsu Hluttaw will be excluded. Instead it will be targeted to be included just at the time of drawing FY 2018-2019 one-year-budget,” said Mahn Win Khaing Than.

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