LAST WEEK IN NAY PYI TAW
Myanmar, CIDCA sign documents on industry and transport projects
Myanmar and the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) on March 14 signed the exchange of letters on industry and transportation projects in Nay Pyi Taw, reported Xinhua. The document on upgrading project for No.(2) Industrial Training Center, Mandalay was signed by Myanmar's Industry Ministry and the CIDCA. The Planning and Finance Ministry and CIDCA signed the exchange of letter on the project for the passenger coaches under the Chinese interest free loan. The Planning and Finance Ministry’s permanent secretary Tun Tun Naing said that Myanmar welcomed the projects because they met the government's objectives for the sustainable development of the nation.
Myanmar plans to establish coast guard for maritime security
D eputy Defense Minister Rear Admiral Myint Nwe, on March 13, told the Lower House session held in Nay Pyi Taw that Myanmar aims to set up coast guard to promote maritime security, according to parliamentary news. The navy has been currently shouldering the duties pertaining to coast guard as Myanmar does not have one yet. When the coast guard is formed, the navy will also take the lead in forming an integrated command center consisting of experts from the Maritime Police Force, Customs Department, Immigration Department, Marine Administration Department and Myanmar Port Authority, the Rear Admiral said. He disclosed that the navy will coordinate exchange of information between these different marine organizations and execute prompt decision to safeguard Myanmar's waters. The government announced in January this year that it will form a coast guard to protect its 2,080-km coast line and territorial waters.
Union Parliament MPs discuss report of Joint Committee to Study a bill to amend the Constitution
L awmakers discussed the report of Joint Committee to Study a bill to amend the Constitution in the 15th meeting of Union Parliament 11th regular session held in Nay Pyi Taw on March 14, reported the state-run newspaper The Global New Light of Myanmar. A total of 15 lawmakers consisting of 11 Lower House representatives including seven Tatmadaw (military) representatives and four Upper House representatives. On other parliamentary issues, during the parliamentary session, Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Dr. Ye Myint Swe and Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance Maung Maung Win responded and explained discussions made by lawmakers on the Joint Public Accounts Committee report 5/2019 that covers the accounts committee’s findings and remarks on complaints made against private companies in Mandalay conducting raw jade exhibitions and the status of tax received from those exhibitions. This was followed by Joint Public Accounts Committee Vice Chairman Aung Min of Zalun constituency who tabled a motion for the parliament to approve the report 5/2019 and the parliament approved the report.