The second Pyithu Hluttaw’s ninth regular session held its second-day meeting at the Pyithu Hluttaw meeting hall yesterday, where asterisk-marked questions were answered by Deputy Minister for Education U Win Maw Tun and a motion was debated over by the Hluttaw representatives.
The first question of the session was raised by U Sai Sam of Mongyan constituency. He asked if there was a plan to fill up vacant posts of high school teachers in Mongyan Township Basic Education High School. The deputy minister replied that in the forthcoming education year, a selection would be made from among teachers who had applied for transfers and they would fill up the vacant positions according to the duration of their service and subjects taught.
Next, Dr. Daw Kyi Moh Moh Lwin of Singaing constituency raised questions on a plan to construct a new teaching hall in Basic Education sub High School Monpin and to appoint teachers. The deputy minister answered that three primary school teachers were appointed on 21 June 2018 but there were still some positions lying vacant. Construction of a 140×30 ft. single storey teaching hall in the school will be completed only when funds are allocated in the fiscal year 2019-2020, said the deputy minister.
Similarly, questions raised by U Nyan Hein of Thanbyuzayat constituency, U Khun Than Htoo of Hsihseng constituency, Daw Ni Shwe Hlyan of Thantlang constituency and Dr. U Sein Mya Aye of Dala constituency were answered by Deputy Minister for Education U Win Maw Tun.
Debating and deciding over travel motion
Afterwards, Hluttaw representatives debated over a motion tabled by U Myint Oo of Thanatpin constituency urging the government to expand and upgrade travel businesses including community-based tourism (CBT), nature-based tourism and travel destinations, establishing travel fairs and designating special travel years to rightly develop Myanmar’s travel sector.
Daw Khin Sandi of Launglon constituency suggested that obtaining permission directly from the state/region government for the convenience of foreign travellers would save time and speed up the work, rather than seeking permission from the union government.
In addition to this, tour destinations should be advertised through local media and international media; local products should be upgraded, creating more job opportunities for the locals; food and handicraft schools should be opened; and emphasis should be placed on developing small and medium enterprises. She supported the motion as it could increase the economic development of the country through the travel business. Tatmadaw Representative Maj. Thein Tun said that for Myanmar’s travel sector development, the Myanmar travel sector human resources development strategy and work plan 2017-2020 was established and implemented and ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2016-2025 was also implemented.
Myanmar Tourism Law (draft) was also seen to be prepared. But Myanmar’s travel sector hasn’t developed as much as it should. This is due to weaknesses in the prevailing policies and laws, challenges in politics, economics and security, weakness in cooperation among related ministries, weakness in management and all these are hindering the development of the travel sector. The low number of visitors is due to markets being small, an insufficient number of airlines, low attraction of the travel destination, high cost of travel, insufficient travel services and lack of news and information. These weaknesses and requirements are suggested to be reviewed. In addition to this, a law supporting the development of the travel business needs to be enacted as soon as possible.
Myanmar’s travel sector can achieve growth and sustainability. It is a time when cooperation is required among the government, private businesses, investors, and local people of civil society organisations. He said that while the Myanmar travel sector is facing many challenges for development, it will develop only through the creation of jobs through sustainable tourism and pro-poor tourism, and thus develop related works and increase the country’s income.
Similarly, U Aung Naing @ U Naing Kyaw of Mogok constituency, U Soe Paing Htay of Myeik constituency, U Kyaw Aung Lwin of Sedoktara constituency, U Aung Kyaw Kyaw Oo of Hlaing constituency, U Yan Lin of Kyaiklat constituency, Daw Nan Than Than Lwin of Hpa-an constituency, Daw Khin Hnin Thit of Padaung constituency, Daw Mya Khwa Nyo Oo of Shwedaung constituency, U Khun Maung Thaung of Pinlaung constituency and U Saw Thalay Saw of Shwegyin constituency debated over the motion.
In his discussion, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Ohn Maung said the ministry is promoting the natural beauty of Myanmar, cultural traditions and handicrafts to develop the socio-economic situation of the people and create job opportunities through CBT since the start of the ministry’s first 100 days work programme.
More CBT sites were being developed and nine villages in Mandalay, Shan, Sagaing and Taninthayi regions were being set up to be developed into six CBT sites. More CBT sites that directly benefit the local people will be developed, said the union minister.
Due to the various stages of reform, the development momentum of the travel sector is increasing. However, if the travel year is to be promoted, regional peace and funds, arrangements for better services and easing of restrictions are required. Systematic arrangements are to be made and more cooperation and coordination with state and region governments need to be done. As the ministry is doing this, Hluttaw representatives are requested to put the motion on record, explained the union minister.
The Pyithu Hluttaw speaker then announced that the Hluttaw had put the motion on record and to keep it under observation, after obtaining the decision of the Hluttaw.
The third day meeting of the second Pyithu Hluttaw’s ninth regular session is scheduled to be held on 30 July, it is learnt.
Aye Aye Thant (MNA)