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December 15, 2019

Vice President U Henry Van Thio inspects Union National Races Village

Vice President U Henry Van Thio visits the traditional house of Chin ethnic people at the Union National Races Village in Yangon yesterday.  Photo: MNA
Vice President U Henry Van Thio visits the traditional house of Chin ethnic people at the Union National Races Village in Yangon yesterday. 
Photo: MNA

U Henry Van Thio, Vice-President and Chairman of the Ethnic Affairs, Public Affairs Management and Service Committee accompanied by Union Minister for Ethnic Affairs Nai Thet Lwin, Yangon Region Government’s Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Deputy Ministers U Tin Myint, U Kyi Min, U Kyaw Lin and U Hla Maw Oo, region ministers and departmental officials inspected the Union National Races Village in Yangon Region Thakayta Township yesterday morning.
First, the Vice President together with officials inspected Union Hall, ethnic national exhibit at Nan Myint Tower and ethnic national houses where Union Minister Nai Thet Lwin, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein and officials explained on the upkeep status of the Union National Races Village.
Next, the Vice President and officials inspected the status of construction of the Union National Races Village block by block on buggies.
Afterwards, the Vice President addressed a coordination meeting on managing empty land spaces in the Union National Races Village.
In his address the Vice President said the Union National Races Village in Yangon Region was where the cultures and traditions of ethnic nationals who had lived in the Union of Myanmar throughout history could be seen. Through observing this the Union spirit can be strengthened and it was with the aim of creating unity of ethnic nationals that this place was established.
Initially from 2002 to 2013 it was under the responsibility of the Ministry for Progress of Border Areas and National Races and Development Affairs. Starting from 2013 it was under the responsibility of the Department of Rural Development. During the time of the present government it came under the responsibility of Ministry of Ethnic Affairs with Yangon Region Government providing close management and supervision.
The State Counsellor has instructed to draw up and submit a detailed Master Plan for the long term existence and maintenance of the Union National Races Village.
The Vice President added that while visiting the place in November 2017 he had remarked on drawing up a Master Plan together with experts to upgrade it.
The plan was to be drawn up without changing the initial aims of establishing the place, arrange separate places for children, youth, women/men and elderlies to relax and recreate, to include arrangements for easy access of people with disabilities, to prioritize works that can be completed at the earliest moment and inform the public about completion statuses.
During the President’s inspection of the Union National Races Village in March 2019, he had remarked toward placing emphasis on the initial aim of strengthening and developing the union spirit rather than obtaining more income when the upgrade works were conducted.
The Master Plan drawn up now needs to be redrawn and coordinated to be in accord with the initial aim of establishing the Union National Races Village.
Priority should be given toward establishing a display area where the traditional dresses, traditions and cultural heritages related to 135 ethnic nationals living in our country could be exhibited. A Convention Center like hall also need to be constructed where annual events, ceremonies, festivals, special days etc. of ethnic nationals could be shown. International Summits, workshops and seminars can be held at the Convention Center and locals and foreign guests attending the functions could then visit or be shown the Union National Races Village.
Construction of traditional houses of ethnic nationals can be done without incurring much cost. Local and foreign visitors were interested in traditional practices and works and traditional houses and exhibits could be an attraction for the tourism industry.
Suggestions, recommendations and discussions on upgrading the Union National Races Village (Yangon) step by step without losing sight of the initial aim were to be made at this meeting said the Vice President.
Later Union Minister for Ethnic Affairs Nai Thet Lwin and Yangon Region Government’s Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein explained about works conducted for development of the Union National Races Village and discussed and suggested on future works.
This was followed by Deputy Minister for Ethnic Affairs U Hla Maw Oo explaining about support works required for development of the Union National Races Village and meeting attendees participated in discussions and gave suggestions.
Responding to the explanations and discussions, the Vice President said the Union National Races Village was established with the aim of strengthening and supporting unity of ethnic nationals. Based on the guidelines provided by the State Counsellor on the aims, discussions and suggestions made at this meeting, the Master Plan was to be redrawn. The meeting came to a close after the Vice President had given instructions to the ministries and Region Government to arrange and manage the process of providing required basic infrastructures.
After the meeting the Vice President observed the traditional dances performed by the personnel at the Union National Races Village Dance Hall, cordially greeting the personnel and presented cash rewards.
Later in the afternoon, the Vice President and officials inspected the maintenance works conducted on a building at No. 604/608 Merchant Street, Pabedan Township where National Library (Yangon) will be relocated.
At the meeting hall of the building, the Vice President was explained about the maintenance works, budget allocated and future works by Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture U Kyi Min.
Later, the Vice President and officials inspected the maintenance works conducted inside the building. — MNA
(Translated by Zaw Min

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