Chairman of State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing inspects implementation of Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project

NAY PYI TAW February 27

Chairman of the State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, together with his entourage, Rakhine State Chief Minister U Htein Lin, Western Command Commander Maj-Gen Htin Latt Oo and officials, inspected the implementation of the Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project in Sittwe, Rakhine State, this morning.

Union Minister for Transport and Communications Admiral Tin Aung San presented reports on the emergence of the project and tasks, data about Kaladan bridge and construction progress, construction of offices and related buildings, arrival of machinery and river going transport vessels, construction of Paletwa inland water jetty, digging of sandbanks, plans to build a highway from Paletwa to Myanmar India border, designation of international revenue port and domestic port, and benefits from the project.

In response to the report, the Senior General said the project will contribute a lot towards Rakhine State, thereby quickening commodity flow at home and abroad. Myanmar and India have had a history of good relations and both are good neighbourly and friendly countries.

The project will facilitate bilateral contact and trade so it is a strategically important project.

Development tasks for northern Rakhine State including Paletwa can be carried out only if peace and stability prevail after ceasefire within the state. The project will also facilitate development along the course of Kaladan River.

Therefore, respective sectors need to work hard for sooner implementation of the project.

The Senior General then made discussions about the project with those in attendance.

Afterwards, the Senior General and party went round the project site where Indian Consul General in Sittwe Mr. Bibekananda Bhattamishra and officials explained project tasks.

The Senior General made discussions as necessary.

Upon completion of the project, there will be benefits such as more bilateral trade opportunities, emergence of international ports, contacts with India as well as other countries for trade purposes, greater road transport development in Rakhine and Chin states, job opportunities for local people and opportunities for maritime tourism for foreign tourists.

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