In­for­ma­tion Com­mit­tee re­lease progress re­port on Rakhine

The Myanmar Times - - Business - CHAN MYA HTWE chan­myahtwe@mm­times.com

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.

Photo: EPA

Rakhine Mus­lims com­mut­ing via tr­ishaw in Sit­twe.

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