Information Committee release progress report on Rakhine
THE Information Committee of Myanmar yesterday released its ‘Report to the People on the Progress of Implementation of the Recommendations on Rakhine State.’
The committee, which was established by the government with the aim of achieving stability, peace and development across the country, released the report on the economic and social development of Rakhine State between January and April this year.
During the period, the Myanmar Agricultural Development Bank (MADB) loaned K12.5 billion to a total of 349 farmers for machinery and equipment. Meanwhile, the Agricultural Mechanization Department sold 156 manual tractors.
In total, the MADB provided pre-raining season agriculture loans totaling K2.5 billion over the period.
Meanwhile, farmers in Gwa and Sittwe have been given K10.5 million in compensation for land used by the government for the construction of police stations.
Permission has been received from the Ministry of Transportation and Communication to hire a consultant to draft a Request for Proposal and invite Expressions of Interest for the construction of the new Mrauk-U Airport. The report said that the project will be implemented in accordance with Public Private Partnership procedures.
Meanwhile, maintenance procedures are being carried out for Sittwe Airport Plane runway and Kyaukphyu Airport.
During the period, Myanmar National Airlines transported 45,197 passengers to Sittwe, Kyaukphyu, Manaung and Ann townships, accounting for 9 percent of all local passengers.
China International Trust and Investment Corporation will collaborate with the government to carry out the necessary Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and Geological and Topographical surveys before development of the Special Economic Zone in Kyaukphyu.
The process of applying for export and import licenses by local businesses has been simplified. Now, only three documents are required to apply, compared to nine documents for exports and 11 documents for import required before.
The necessary infrastructure for the development of seed production and irrigation systems for farms has been fully completed, while more than 90 pc of construction of storage space for up to 500 tonnes of paddy has also been complete.
The road from Buthidaung to Ngamutaw is almost complete, while a total of thirteen bridges have been fully constructed.
For the 2018-19 fiscal year, construction of the remaining eleven bridges will be completed, 34 roads will be upgraded and two roads crossing May Yu Mountain will be built.
Meanwhile, electricity will be distributed to Rathedaung, Maungdaw and Buthidaung within the fiscal year. Tenders have already been called to install more than 8,000 solar power systems in villages.
Rakhine Muslims commuting via trishaw in Sittwe.