Vice President U Myint Swe, Chairman of Central Committee for organizing 72nd Independence Day celebrations attended the first coordination meeting of the committee held at the Union Government Office meeting hall in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
Speaking at the meeting, the Vice President said that in order to hold the Independence Day nationwide with the five national objectives set by the government a 37-member Central Committee for holding the Independence Day was formed. Ten sub-committees will be formed under the Central Committee as done in past years.
It’ll be the 72nd year of independence on 4 January 2020 after Myanmar gain independent on 4 January 1948 freed from colonial rule and to become a sovereign state.
The independence gained under the effort and leadership of Bogyoke Aung San and unity of the entire ethnic people must be maintained as long as the world exists and all ethnic people need to strive together in unity toward the development of the union. Furthermore, future generations were to know about the lives, limbs, bloods and sweats spent to gain independence, have a strong desire to protect and maintain it with their lives and keep up the patriotic spirit. It was for these reasons that Independence Day celebrations were held annually.
The five national objectives set for 72nd Independence Day ceremony-2020 and related events are: to safeguard and protect the non-disintegration of the Union and the non-disintegration of National Solidarity and Perpetuation of Sovereignty by all ethnic people with their collective strength; to give priority to the rule of law and reform of justice sector as an important work process for the stability, peace and development of the country; to work hard for emergence of a constitution that was the basic foundation of establishing a democratic federal union; creating a good environment to raise the capability and duty consciousness of the citizens toward establishing a democratic federal union; and emergence of a democratic federal union through Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan.
As per annually-held formalities, there will be morning and evening sessions. In the morning session ceremony for hoisting the national flag and ceremony for saluting the national flag will be held. In the evening session, a State-level event and a dinner party will be hosted. For all events and sessions, both Plan A and Plan B must be drawn up and prepared.
Independence Day events will be held in Union territory Nay Pyi Taw, States and Regions. Festive games and sports events will be held and public buildings will be illuminated in the evening. Such events were to be held in schools and sports grounds and public roads must not be used or closed for the event.
Union level organizations and union ministerial departments are urged to prepare toward participating in all sports
events that were held in commemoration of the Independence Day. Prizes awarded must be appropriate and sports events should include football, volleyball and other sports that the personnel are interested to participate in.
Furthermore prior to the Independence Day, talks, essay and poem competition and quiz competition were to be held based on the national objectives so that the people remember the efforts made toward gaining independence. The five national objectives were also to be displayed at designated places.
The Ministry of Information was to broadcast stories, historical songs and songs related to the country’s Independence Day and ensure that articles and special commemorative articles are put in the newspapers and journals.
Guest lists for morning and evening sessions were to be submitted in a timely manner. Sub-committees are to coordinate and prepare the necessary and sub-committee wise expenditures were to be systematically spent according to financial regulations.
After holding 71st Independence Day ceremony and events on 4 January 2019, a coordination meeting was held to review the celebrations on 1 April 2019. 29 areas of improvements were discussed and decided at that meeting and sub-committees wise improvements and implementation must be carried out.
As it is a State-level event, sub-committees need to ensure that there are no shortcomings and weaknesses. Sub-committee wise works were to be implemented based on past year experiences. Central Committee members and officials from sub-committees are urged to openly discuss completed and ongoing works, other requirements and difficulties said the Vice President.
Central Committee secretary and sub-committees members then explained about their respective works.
Afterwards, Central Committee Chairman Vice President U Myint Swe coordinated on the explanations and discussions and concluded the meeting with a closing speech.
The meeting was attended by Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint, Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister for International Cooperation U Kyaw Tin, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman Dr Myo Aung, Nay Pyi Taw Command Commander Maj-Gen Myint Maw, Deputy Ministers Maj-Gen Aung Thu, Maj-Gen Than Htut and Dr Tun Naing, senior military officers, Permanent Secretaries, heads of departments and officials. — MNA
(Translated by Zaw Min)