China- aided project to upgrade National Theatre inaugurated in Yangon

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Union Minister Thura U Aung Ko, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Chinese Ambassador Mr. Hong Liang and attendees pose for a photo at the ceremony to renovate and upgrade the Yangon’s National Theatre. Photo: hla moe

A ceremony to mark the start of the project for renovation and upgradation on the Yangon’s National Theatre was held yesterday at the theatre.
The project is aided from the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
First, Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Chinese Ambassador Mr. Hong Liang and Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture U Kyi Min formally opened the ceremony to launch the project.
Under the bilateral negotiations, the agreement on renovating and upgrading the National Theatre of Yangon was signed by Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture of Myanmar and Commercial Attaché of the People’s Republic of China in the presence of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.
Speaking at the event, Union Minister Thura U Aung Ko said the ceremony is reflecting the great vision of the leaders, endeavor of the officials, cooperation between experts and mutual understanding and friendship of the peoples of the two nations.
Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein and Chinese Ambassador Mr. Hong Liang also delivered speeches.
The National Theatre of Yangon was gifted by the President of People’s Republic of China Mr. Li Xiannian during his friendly visit to Myanmar in March 1985, and was constructed in 1988. It was completed in December 1990 and inaugurated in January 1991.
The over-28-year old National Theatre of Yangon is located on Myoma Kyaung Road in Dagon Township, and will be renovated with aid from People’s Republic of
China.
The renovation will include sound system, stage lighting, air conditioning, seating, building, auto fire suppression system and etc. The national theatre renovation will begin on 1 August, and is estimated to last for around 2 years. The rent and use of the theatre will be suspended from 1 June 2019.
— Yi Yi Myint

(Translated by
Kyaw Zin Tun)

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