China offers to fund Bagan restoration conference
CHINA is offering to sponsor a conference of international experts brought to Myanmar to survey and then discuss Bagan renovation work.
The Chinese embassy submitted a proposal for the discussions to the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library in Bagan, according to U Aung Aung Kyaw, the department director.
“A group from China came in the past month to observe the pagodas destroyed in the August earthquake to see how they could lend a hand,” U Aung Aung Kyaw said. The department suggested the delegation help fund international archaegologists to assist in the repair work and planning.
“It would be better for the pagodas in Bagan in the long-term to have such an event that brings good ideas for their upkeep,” U Aung Aung Kyaw said.
The delegation accepted the suggestion and plan to submit a formal proposal to the state government for permission, he added.
“This is a matter to be decided on by the state government. If the state government accepts, then the event can be held as soon as the end of October,” he said.
China’s offer as it was submitted to the department included sponsoring not only the expenses of the meeting, but also the provision of funds, machinery and technicians needed to carry out the restoration processes determined during the meeting.
Local residents were cautiously optimistic about the proposal.
“It is good that another country wants to help restore the damaged pagodas in our country, but I hope it is not a give-and-take type of deal,” said U Soe Lin from Nyaung-U. “I will be glad if they are willing to do it without any expectations of getting something in return.” – Translation by Emoon
and Win Thaw Tar