Pyidaungsu Hluttaw put the discussion on spending foreign loans on projects on record yesterday following the debate by the lawmakers and union-level officials at the Hluttaw yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw.
Power supply in Thilawa Industrial Zone, Aunglan Town receives upgrade
Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy Dr. Tun Naing said the 33-KV power line from the primary power station in Thanlyin has been successfully linked to Thilawa Industrial Zone. The substation in Thilawa houses two 25-MW generators, and an additional 9.3 mile-long 230-KV power line from the Thanlyin power station has been completed as well.
The 66/6.6KV-5MVA transformer at the Aunglan Town substation has been upgraded to a 66/11KV-10MVA transformer, and an 18.9 mile-long 11-KVA power line has been installed. Aunglan Town has also had 959 of the 1,227-old utility poles replaced.
The deputy minister said US$90.738 million of the $310 million loan from the World Bank for the National Electrification Plan has been used to buy transformers, concrete utility poles, steel parts and accessories via an open tender system.
Education Ministry spends loans on education support programmes
Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi said his ministry has received $56.972 million in loans from the World Bank for the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017 fiscal years. He said the specified amount is relevant to the currency exchange rate of the special drawing rate of the FY concerned.
He said his ministry received $80 million in loans from the World Bank in the 2014-2015 FY to begin education supportive projects in schools, and as of the 2016-2017 FY, the ministry has spent $56.972 million.
Similarly, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation U Hla Kyaw; Union Minister for Construction U Han Zaw; Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe, and Union Minister for Planning and Finance U Soe Win explained the status and project progress of their respective ministry’s Pyidaungsu Hluttaw-approved loans.
Next, Vice President of the National Education Policy Commission U Nyi Hla Nge submitted the six-month progress report (from October 2017 to April 2018) to the Hluttaw. The speaker then requested the interested MPs to register for further discussion.
Joint Coordination Committee on Hluttaw Development
The MPs then discussed the 2016-2017 FY progress report submitted by the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) on Hluttaw Development.
Tatmadaw MP states Pyidaungsu Hluttaw not notified of Joint Coordination Committee formation
During discussions, Tatmadaw MP Major Zin Lin said the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw was not notified of the formation of the JCC nor was it officially approved by the Hluttaw. He said legislators should follow the law they themselves have passed and called for the JCC to follow Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Law Section 79-(F) and the Burma Official Secrets Act.
MPs discussed Pyidaungsu Hluttaw-approved foreign loans up to 31 March 2017, and the assembly listened to reports from union-level organisations during the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session yesterday. A discussion on the formation of the Joint Coordination Committee on the Hluttaw Development was brought up.
U Wai Sein Aung of Rakhine constituency (1) and Daw Wint War Tun of Shadaw constituency discussed the report as well. A further discussion concerning the JCC report will be continued in the next Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session on 12 June.
Myo Myint (Myanmar News Agency)