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October 24, 2019

Two more bills amending 2008 Constitution sent to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw

At the 26th meeting of the Second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s 13th regular session held yesterday, the Speaker informed the Hluttaw about the receipts of two bills to amend the Constitution for the second time and the formation of two joint committees to study the bills. Copies of the letter and the bills were then distributed to the Hluttaw representatives.

Bills amending the Constitution for the second time
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker first informed the Hluttaw of the receipt of a bill amending the Constitution for the second time signed and submitted by 144 Tatmadaw Hluttaw representatives including Amyotha Hluttaw Tatmadaw representative Brig-Gen Aung San Chit on 17 September 2019. As per Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Rule section 135 a Joint Committee to Study the Bill to amend the Constitution for the second time was formed consisting of all committee members of Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committees with Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Office Notification 74/2019 on 20 September 2019. A copy of the draft bill and the letter sent were being distributed to the Hluttaw representatives, said the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker.
Next, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker informed the Hluttaw of the receipt of a bill amending the Constitution for the second time signed and submitted by 145 Pyidaungsu Hluttaw representatives including U Sai Than Naing of Kayin State constituency 5 on 18 September 2019. As per Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Rule section 135 a Joint Committee to Study the Bill to amend the Constitution for the second time was formed consisting of all committee members of Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committees with Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Office Notification 75/2019 on 20 September 2019. A copy of the draft bill and the letter sent were being distributed to the Hluttaw representatives said the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker.

Hluttaw put on record Ministry of Construction’s usage of K 1,841.859 million
Afterwards, a matter sent by the President about Ministry of Construction’s usage of K 1,841.859 million from emergency fund of fiscal year 2018-2019 Union Budget Law was explained to the Hluttaw by Deputy Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lin. The Deputy Minister explained that the fund was used to conduct repair and reconstruction works on bridges and roads that were damaged or destroyed by flooding and inundation that occurs in Kayin State during June to August 2018 period. The Deputy Minister added further that Hluttaw was requested to put the matter on record.
Following this Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced the Hluttaw putting on record the Ministry of Construction’s usage of K 1,841.859 million from emergency fund of fiscal year 2018-2019 Union Budget Law.

Removal of US$ 200 million from World Bank Development Policy Financing
Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Maung Maung Win then explained to the Hluttaw about the removal of US$ 200 million from World Bank Development Policy Financing sent by the President after which Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced the Hluttaw putting the matter on record.

Hluttaw approves $ 185 million loan from Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Later Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Dr Aung Thu and Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Maung Maung Win explained to the Hluttaw about $ 185 million loan from ADB for Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation to implement public development projects that was sent by the President.
Union Minister Dr Aung Thu said the public development project to be conducted in 17 townships for 7 years mitigating the effect of regional natural disasters will benefits the socio-economic development of 1.8 million rural people. While the ministry will manage the project to be effective and successful, Hluttaw representatives and relevant departments were urged to cooperate in it. ADB loan was a low interest loan that includes an assistance of $ 40.58 million and Hluttaw was explained to approve the $ 185 million loan.
In his explanation Deputy Minister U Maung Maung Win said not much was required to be explained as the majority of the Hluttaw representatives who discussed the matter were in support of it. Once the Hluttaw approves the loan coordination with ADB will be conducted according to procedure in order to sign the loan agreement before end of December 2019 added the Deputy Minister.
After the Hluttaw voted 522 in favor, 5 against and 2 abstaining, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced the Hluttaw’s approval of the loan.
Hluttaw unanimously approve APMRA after discussion
As a final agenda of the day, U Nay Kyaw of Dagon Myothit (East) constituency, U Kyaw Aung Lwin of Sedoktara constituency, U Maung Maung Ohn of Ayeyawady Region constituency 5, U Win Htut of Pyapon constituency, U San Myint of Ayeyawady Region constituency 3 and Deputy Minister for Industry Dr Min Ye Paing Hein discussed Myanmar signing ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Type Approval for Automotive Products (APMRA).
After obtaining the unanimous approval of the Hluttaw, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced the Hluttaw’s approval on the matter.

Concluding speech by Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker
Finally, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker delivered a concluding speech of Second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s 13th regular session.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker summarizes the works conducted during the 13th regular session and urges the Hluttaw representatives to fulfill in the best possible ways socio-economic development of their respective constituencies while the Hluttaw was in recess.
Afterwards, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced the conclusion of the 26th-day meeting of the Second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s 13th regular session and the conclusion of the Second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s 13th regular session. —Aung Ye Thwin, Aye Aye Thant (Translated by Zaw Min)

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