Chairman of State Administration Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing addresses meeting (4/2021) of council’s management committee

Nay Pyi Taw March 31

The Management Committee of the State Administration Council held its meeting (4/2021) at the meeting hall of the council in Nay Pyi Taw this afternoon, with an address by Chairman of the State Administration Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

The meeting was attended by Vice Chairman of the council Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, council member General Mya Tun Oo, Union Ministers U Wunna Maung Lwin, Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung, U Win Shein, U Aung Naing Oo, U Ko Ko Hlaing, U Chit Naing, U Tin Htut Oo, Admiral Tin Aung San, U Khin Maung Yi, U Aung Than Oo, U Myint Kyaing, Dr Pwint Hsan, Dr Nyunt Pe, Dr Thet Khaing Win, U Shwe Lay, Dr Thet Thet Khaing, U Maung Maung Ohn and U Saw Tun Aung Myint and Union Attorney-General Dr Daw Thida Oo.

First, the minutes of Meeting (3/2021) of the Management Committee of the State Administration Council of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar were approved.

In his opening speech, the Senior General said the government is mainly responsible for ensuring good living conditions of the people and improving national economy. The council is doing its management in detail by adopting the five future programmes and nine objectives.
Although these tasks need a long term, the committee must decide on and implement them in a short time period. In building a State, ideas and objectives must be created first and then other possible ways must be sought.

After ensuring the rule of law for the peace and good living conditions of every member of the public, efforts must be made for the physical and mental wellbeing of the people. Moreover, measures must be taken for meals, shelter and clothing of the people and for their economic progress. For these tasks, ministries concerned and relevant ministries and organizations must coordinate each other. Similarly, measures must be taken without fail for domestic food security. As the saying that goes by “One can take the Precepts only if his stomach is filled”, food security is crucial. Rice and wheat are staple food items in the world. Tapping land resources in the country, people need to grow rice, beans and oil crops as well as other crops suitable to respective regional soils.

Despite having enough oil, the country still has to import palm oil for consumption and industrial use. If imports can be reduced by successfully growing oil palm crops in lower Taninthayi Region, spending of foreign exchange can also be cut. As oil milling needs technology, foreign investment can be invited thereby contributing to national economy.

The whole country has 133 percent rice sufficiency. But there is only 40 percent in Chin State, 62 percent in Taninthayi Region, 70 percent in Mandalay Region and 68 percent in Yangon Region. Spending can be cut by reducing import and producing enough foodstuff in various regions. Then, regional funds will rise and demand and supply will increase. Accordingly, socio-economy will improve. With egional food sufficiency, cash flow will improve and regional economy will develop as well. Manufacturing foodstuffs and household products at home can reduce foreign exchange spending. Wealth of a country depends on possession of funds, high GDP, high volume of money circulation and reserved funds.

It is necessary for human resources, which are essential for economic prosperity of the country, to be highly educated and healthy.
To that end, the committee must take measures based on the existing strategies. Although the committee is an important body of the country that has to carry out its tasks within a short period, it is necessary for the committee to take development of the country into account seriously without considering it as an ordinary task. In conclusion, the Senior General urged the attendees to carry out the tasks left by the previous government with the coordination among relevant ministries.

Then, union ministers at the meeting reported the Senior General on the tasks of the relevant ministries and sought approval from the Senior General.

After hearing the reports, the Senior General said it is necessary to scrutinize the actual earnings and spending in allocating budgets without inflating the budgets. It is necessary for the country to allocate the actual amount required for budgets without resulting in losses for the country. It is important to spend the funds in accordance with rules and regulations. It is necessary to scrutinize power purchasing deals to prevent losses for the country. It is desirable to encourage the private sector in the electricity sector. Electricity is important for the development of the country, For the sufficiency of electric power in the summer, solar power generation is being carried out in addition to hydropower generation.

Priority should be given to supplying sufficient electricity to respective regions for the short term.

In granting permanent residency to foreigners, it is necessary to grant PRs to foreigners who can contribute to the benefit of the country and to carefully examine whether they stay here in accordance with the law. In granting citizenships to former Myanmar citizens from other countries, it is necessary for them to be loyal to the country and not to hold dual citizenship and scrutinization must be carried out carefully in accordance with the 1982 Citizenship Law.

Measures have been taken to collect the minimum tolls. It is necessary for relevant ministries and private companies to carry out maintenance tasks correctly as road boundaries are designated in accordance with the Highways Law. It is necessary to set up road signs and traffic signs properly.
It is found that buildings were constructed on road boundaries and agricultural land and farm land and agricultural land are used for other purposes. Systematic measures must be taken for such incidents. As domestic tourism has been reopened, it is necessary to carry out tourism operations in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions. It is necessary for the Ministry of Information to launch awareness-raising programs to enable the public to understand the rules and regulations issued.

As for regional food sufficiency, it is necessary to conduct research to identify the varieties and techniques which are appropriate for respective regions. Priorities should be given to states and regions that often face food shortages in doing research.

As an emphasis must be given to research and development for regional development, the Senior General concluded that research must be conducted to find out ways and means for the success of trade and businesses.

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