Chairman of State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing discusses regional development with district and township level departmental officials, townelders in Kyaukphyu District

NAY PYI TAW February 28

Chairman of State Administration Council Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing met with district and township level departmental officials and town elders inKyaukphyu District in Rammarwadi Hall in Kyaukphyu and discussed regional economic development.

Also present at the meeting together with the Senior General were JointSecretary Lt-Gen Ye Win Oo, members Admiral Tin Aung San and Dr Mu Htan of the SAC, union ministers, Chief Minister of Rakhine State U Htein Lin, senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief Commander of Western Command Maj-Gen Htin Latt Oo, district and township level officials and townelders in Kyaukphyu District and officials from the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone.

Officials reported salient points of the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone to the Senior General First, Union Minister for Commerce U Aung Naing Oo and Chairman of Kyaukphyu SEZ U Myint Thein reported on establishment of the SEZ and background history, formation of management committees, development of longterm plans and implementation of them under successive governments, current implementation of the plans and future tasks.

Then, Kyaukphyu District Administration Council Chairman U Ye Lin Maung reported to the Senior General on regional affairs and economic, social, agriculture and livestock breeding and health issues while town-elders reported to the Senior General on necessary assistance for socioeconomic development of local residents and maintenance of the long deteriorating Sasana Beikman building in Kyaukphyu.

Nation building tasks must be carried out without losing sight of objective and goals After hearing reports, the Senior General said it is the first time to meet and deliver address to officials in Kyaukphyu District and discussions were made with departmental officials, town elders and businesspeople in Sittwe. During the discussions, they reported on regional development tasks. Although everyone wants their states and region to enjoy development, appropriate and possible tasks that reflect the reality of the states and regions have to be carried out.

Nation building tasks must be carried out by adopting objectives and goals and without losing sight of them. The government has adopted two political objectives and has been implementing them for strengthening the disciplined and genuine multiparty democracy system and building a union based on federalism and democracy while measures are being taken for two national objectives of prosperity of the country and security of food, water and basic needs. As the prosperity of the country is directly related to the stability of the state, stability of respective areas is essential for the prosperity of the country.

Education is being promoted to develop educated human resources As development of human resources is essential for prosperity of the country, education is being promoted. As wisdom and technical knowhow can be achieved through school educations, it is necessary to encourage all school-aged children to go to school. Therefore, efforts must be exerted to nurture intellectuals in Kyaukphyu. Only when there are intellectuals in the area, there will be human resources necessary for regional development.

Agriculture and livestock breeding Kyaukphyu is endowed with favourable conditions to successfully carry out agriculture and livestock breeding tasks.

If paddy yields in Kyaukphyu can be boosted, it would be beneficial for the region and the buying power of farmers will be enhanced. This will also increase the revenue of the country. With increased income for individual farmers, the income of local residents will be higher and money circulation in the region will be accelerated, resulting in the development of socioeconomic lives. Therefore, it is necessary to boost peracre yields of crops to meet the target. Priority must be given to local sufficiency and surplus must be exported to other regions and countries.

Successful farming requires quality strains, fertilizers and water supply and correct cultivation methods. Bio fertilizer can be produced from systematic livestock breeding. Again, successful farming of fish and prawn suitable to the region will contribute much towards the economy of Kyaukphyu region.

When it comes to agriculture, coconut that is well grown in the region should be used effectively.

Value-added products can be produced from coconut.

Thus, coconut business can be successful in the region, and there will be job opportunities for producing valueadded goods.

It is necessary to grow windbreaks and mangroves to prevent natural disasters and ensure temperate weather while the existing trees and forests must be maintained. All trees and forests facilitate preventive measures for natural disasters.

Regarding Kyaukphyu SEZ, Kyaukphyu deep-sea port project started for promotion of foreign trade. Plans are also being carried out to establish an industrial zone. In implementing national development projects, all-round consideration is necessary in short and long term interests of economic projects that should be suitable to each region. The Kyaukphyu SEZ project must be successful in the interests of the State.

Encouragement is being given for MSMEs. Operating local businesses needs to rely on domestic raw materials. It is necessary to manufacture valueadded products from raw materials derived from agriculture and livestock breeding.

Therefore, agricultural and livestock breeding activities should be successful in Kyaukphyu region for regional development.

The State is providing capital investments for MSMEs.

Sweet home attracts guests Possessing beautiful natural scenes and landscapes, Kyaukphyu region needs to try for tourism development. With regional peace and stability, tidiness, local eatables, and a beautiful and pleasant environment, a region can attract both local and foreign visitors. Sweet home will attract more guests. Thus, all departmental personnel and local people are to cooperate each other for regional development.

Individuals are urged to play their roles and work hard in the national interests. In this way, a brighter future must be created for posterity, said the Senior General.

After the meeting, the Senior General and party cordially greeted those present.

Then, the Senior General and party went to Kyaukphyu Education Degree College where they were welcomed by principal Daw Mi Mi Win and education staff.

The principal and officials reported on progress in construction of a three story main building and requirements for the college. The Senior General attended to the needs.

Later, the Senior General and party inspected construction of a new building of the nursing and midwifery training school and left necessary instructions.

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