Chairman of State Administration Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing addresses meeting 7/2021 of Management Committee of State Administration Council

Nay Pyi Taw May 20

The Management Committee of the State Administration Council held meeting 7/2021 at the meeting hall of the State Administration Council Chairman’s Office in Nay Pyi Taw this morning, with an address by Chairman of the State Administration Council Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

Also present at the meeting were Vice Chairman of the State Administration Council Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Commander-in-Chief (Army) Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Union Ministers General Mya Tun Oo, Lt-Gen Soe Htut, U Wunna Maung Lwin, Lt-Gen Yar Pyae, Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung, U Win Shein, U Aung Naing Oo, U Ko Ko Hlaing, U Chit Naing, U Ko Ko, U Tin Htut Oo, Admiral Tin Aung San, U Khin Maung Yi, U Aung Than Oo, U Myint Kyaing, Dr Pwint San, Dr Nyunt Pe, Dr Thet Khaing Win, U Shwe Lay, Dr Thet Thet Khaing, U Maung Maung Ohn, U Saw Tun Aung Myint and Union Attorney-General Dr Daw Thida Oo.

In his speech, the Senior General said the field trips of Union ministers to townships for managing respective sectors are the best performances.

The council adopts just policies and relevant ministries need to implement the policies. Hence, the Union ministers can meet relevant departmental staffs on their trips for fulfilling the needs. Moreover, the ministries should coordinate with each other to carry out development of the State.

On their field trips, the Union ministers need to explain findings on scrutiny of voter lists in respective regions, states and townships released by the Union Election Commission, and voting frauds and situation of voter lists in the 2020 general election to the service personnel.

All State service personnel need to understand the political crises based on dishonesty of democracy in the previous general election although the Tatmadaw values the democracy to become the genuine and honest democracy. The ministries need to supervise service personnel to have systematic office works and abide by disciplines.

Domestic products should be encouraged with patriotic spirit.

Trade that can harm domestic manufacturing businesses and national economy must be controlled.

Domestic garment businesses are operating in Mandalay Region and other arid regions of upper Myanmar. For example, they are weaving businesses for making Paso (sarongs), blankets and mosquito nets. It is learnt that some cotton and thread have to be imported for garment industry. The government should lead in getting land, water and good strains necessary for growing cotton to make thread.

Domestic factories need to produce clothing for the country. By resuming operations of the suspended State-owned garment factories and cotton mills, the country will be able to make clothing and reduce the spending of foreign exchange.

Likewise, the ability of domestic pharmaceutical enterprises to produce medicines adequately will reduce import and foreign exchange spending. Relevant ministries need to cooperate with other ministries in the effort to improve domestic industries.

About 70 percent of the country’s population lives in rural areas. The economy of rural people therefore plays a key role. Myanmar is a country with reliance on agriculture and livestock breeding. With the use of modern technologies in agriculture and manufacturing sectors, there will be domestic food sufficiency, contributing to rural economy and then national development, the Senior General said.

Then, the Union ministers in attendance at the meeting reported on their respective sectors.

In response to the reports, the Senior General said the country is suffering revenue losses due to the inoperative State-owned factories.

Ways must be sought to continue to operate the factories running in partnership with the private sector.

It is also necessary to check if the factories leased out to the private sector are operating in line with the provisions of their agreements.

Disciplinary actions must be taken against those that fail to do so.

Region and state management councils need to take supervisory measures, the Senior General said.

Myanmar is prone to natural disasters and suffers damage worth billions every year. Under current weather conditions, storms, heavy rains and gales are likely to hit the country. As a result, respective departments are required to take necessary measures to prevent damage and losses of relevant buildings. The rainy season is also around the corner, it is necessary for administrative bodies and township development affairs committees to cooperate for the maintenance of bridges and drainage systems for smooth flow of water. The government has been spending a lot of state funds on damage and losses from natural disasters. In the similar manner, it is also important to prevent damage and losses caused by negligence of human beings.

Action is being taken against unlicensed vehicles and motorcycles while measures are being taken to prevent illegally importing and distributing such vehicles and motorcycles. Relevant ministries are also required to control such activities. Public transport systems should be promoted. Arrangements must be made to operate circular trains, electric trains and electric buses as using electricity can reduce domestic fuel consumption and environmental damage. Projects to generate renewable energy including hydropower and solar power are being implemented to supply sufficient electricity. Measures must be taken to prevent the illegal use and losses of electricity and to collect electricity bills at set rates within designated periods.

It is important to encourage domestic businesses and poor management can lead the country to poverty. Successive governments made attempts to graduate Myanmar from the least developed country status. In collecting legitimate taxes, mutual interests of the public and the country must be taken into consideration and it is important to manage the effective spending of the collected taxes on the peace, health and education sectors. Efforts must be exerted to reoperate factories that have been suspended and to contribute to the economic development of the country by sufficiently producing goods at home and reducing the dependence on imports.

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