President U Htin Kyaw arrived in Chin State yesterday morning and visited the general hospitals in Tonzang, Tiddim and Falam and spoke with its residents.
President U Htin Kyaw and First Lady Daw Su Su Lwin, Union Minister Lt-Gen Sein Win, Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Dr. Aung Thu, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Dr. Myint Htwe, and U Win Khaing departed from Nay Pyi Taw by air and arrived in the city of Kalay yesterday morning.
From there the President and entourage, together with Chin Chief Minister U Salai Lian Luai, flew by helicopter to Tonzang and visited the general hospital and consoled the patients and gave donations.
Afterwards the President met with the citizens of Tonzang in the city’s sports stadium and discussed how the current government since taking office has been working on fulfilling the needs of the country to the best of its ability. It was also noted that there is to be no discrimination between highlands and lowlands but coordinated development for all, with emphasis on underdeveloped regions. This is being accomplished with the help of foreign investment and new business models, the President said.
The President further stated that, to ensure smooth development in underdeveloped areas, the government is considering granting tax freedom for foreign companies who come to invest. Improvements on transport, communication systems and and supply of full electricity is being carried out with consideration from the national budget, he added.
During a meeting with the President, Union Minister U Win Khaing and Dr. Myo Thein Gyi explained the planning strategies in response to submissions by the Tonzang Development Committee Chairman U Nam Khin Paung on upgrading roads and bridges in Tiddim and elevating Tiddim to the status of county, and construction of a Technical high school in Tonzang.
The President then visited the city of Tiddim and its general hospital in which he met with patients and gave cash gift donations.
Afterwards the President met with residents of Tiddim in the KamHawk sports stadium.
In a meeting Hluttaw Representative U Htan Deik Kote submitted proposals for elevating Tiddim to the status of a county, receiving electricity from the main electrical supply, upgrading Tiddim-ThaingNgin road to a cement road, receiving adequate drinking water for Tiddim, upgrading the 100-bed hospital to a 150-bed hospital and appointing necessary medical practitioners, to which Union Minister U Win Khaing, Dr. Myint Htwe, Lt-General Ye Aung gave detailed explanations of the strategies which were in the planning stage.
During midday, the President and entourage visited Ri Lake in Rihkawdah and talked about boosting the tourism sector in the area.
Ri Lake is famous for its naturally formed heart shape and is located near the Indo-Burma border. Ri Lake has clear water almost all year round, except in December when the water is sometimes known to turn red. The lake is about 2.5 miles in circumference and has a depth of 50-60 feet.
The President also inspected the Indo-Burma bridge connecting the City of Rhikawdah in Myanmar and the City of Zokhawtar in India.
The President and entourage then visited the city of Falam and its general hospital and visited patients and gave cash donations.
In the evening the President and his wife attended the 69th Chin National Day bonfire celebration in Falam’s Taungzalat Avenue.