What is the Pa-O zone?
THE Pa-O Self-administered Zone, which encompasses Hopong, Hsi Hseng and Pinlaung townships in Shan, is one of the five self-administered zones established under the 2008 constitution to give ethnic minorities more administrative control. The others are Danu, Kokang, Naga, Pa Laung self-administered zones. These entities, which are overseen by governments known as “leading bodies”, sit below the regional governments. Under the 2008 constitution, these leading bodies have legislative power over 10 areas, including development affairs, public health, water and electricity.
In 2016, the MIID supported the establishment of community-based tourism in the zone with planning and training. In January this year, the MMID and DaNa signed a US$ 400,000 three-year grant agreement to improve the economic opportunities for 400 smallholder farmers in Pa-O.