GROUP meetings by sectors were held on the fourth day of the third session of the Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong at the Myanmar International Convention Centre II in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
At the government group meeting, Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) member Union Minister U Thein Swe delivered opening remarks, followed by a compilation of remarks made at the third-day meetings of the political, economic, social, security, and land & environment sectors delivered by group members who participated in the meetings.
Group members then discussed and suggested sector-wise policy proposals. In the political group meeting, UPDJC member U Khun Maung Thaung delivered opening remarks and group members discussed and made suggestions on sector-wise policy proposals.
At the Tatmadaw group meeting, UPDJC secretariat member Maj-Gen Soe Naing Oo delivered opening remarks, followed by a compilation of remarks made at the third-day meetings of the political, economic, social, security, and land & environment sectors explained by group members who participated in the meetings. This was followed by group members discussing and making suggestions over the explanations made. In the Ethnic Armed Organisations (EAOs) meeting, UPDJC Vice Chairman Dr. Salai Lian Hmung Sakhong delivered opening remarks.
Later, an explanation was given on the programme for a group discussion and sector-wise basic policies obtained.
Following this, a compilation of remarks made at the third-day meetings of the political, economic, social, security, and land & environment sectors was explained by group members who participated in the meetings and group members discussed and made suggestions on the explanations given.
UPDJC secretariat member U Sai Kyaw Nyunt delivered an opening remark at the political party group meeting. Group members who participated in the third day meetings of the political, economic, social, security and land & environment sectors explained the compilation of comments made at the meetings, to which other group members gave suggestions and comments.
On the gender equality section of the political sector policy proposal, the Tatmadaw group proposed to change the word “in/of Union” as submitted by UPDJC to “in/of Union of Myanmar”, it is learnt.
On the economic sector policy proposal, state/region governments have the right to draw up and implement an economic development policy and projects that benefit the people in the state and region. However, the policy and projects need to be in accordance with the economic development policy and projects of the union and must not be detrimental to other states and regions, it is learnt.
The social sector policy proposal includes agreements on setting the participation of women to at least 30 per cent in all levels of decision making and implementing resettlement, redevelopment and social development; implementing the education system and universal health coverage system that covers all; enacting laws to protect the rights of the handicapped, children, the elderly, expecting mothers and women; wide consideration and utilisation of social cohesion concepts; drawing up and implementing projects to eliminate Six Grave Violations against children and to abide by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to achieve children’s rights and all-round development of children.
In the land & environment sector policy proposal, the government, Hluttaw, Tatmadaw and political party groups and the government, Hluttaw and Tatmadaw groups had proposed a grammatical change to the word “land”.
Relevant groups also conducted a group-wise coordination, discussion and confirmation of matters disagreed upon during the day’s meeting.— Myanmar News