China donates 1,000 assembled houses for use in accepting returnees in Maungtaw

Union Minister of the Office of the State Counsellor U Kyaw Tint Swe delivers an address at the handover ceremony of 1,000 units of assembled board houses from China. Photo: Zaw Min Latt
Union Minister of the Office of the State Counsellor U Kyaw Tint Swe delivers an address at the handover ceremony of 1,000 units of assembled board houses from China. Photo: Zaw Min Latt

A ceremony to hand over 1,000 units of Assembled Board Houses donated by the People’s Republic of China for use in accepting returnees in Rakhine State was held at Myanmar International Terminal Thilawa yesterday. Union Minister of the Office of the State Counsellor U Kyaw Tint Swe addressed the ceremony.
The ceremony was also attended by Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein, Deputy Ministers U Kyaw Lin and U Soe Aung, region ministers, Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Hong Liang and embassy officials.
In addressing the ceremony, Union Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe said the day’s event is a ceremony to transfer 1,000 units of assembled board houses donated by China and as it is a significant support towards resettling returnees in Rakhine State it is much appreciated.
The Union Minister said the donation was made because during a visit to China the Union Minister met with Foreign Minister and State Councilor Mr. Wang Yi on 28 June 2018 and requested an additional support of 1,000 units of easy to assemble houses for use in resettling returnees in Rakhine State to which China agreed under the Pauk Phaw relationship. This donation was made with a view to fulfill Myanmar’s requirement in comparison to the earlier donation of 100 ABHs (Assembled Board Houses) made in January 2018.
During times of difficulties in Myanmar and its people, the Government of China, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Mr. Wang Yi had provided political supports firmly as a good neighbor and friend as well as providing material supports. The Union Minister also expessed thanks to the government of China.
“Our two countries had been historically and traditionally close and had maintained the Pauk Phaw relationship that had progressed to become an all-round strategic partner country. Whatever are the changes in the international situation due to the challenges of the 21st century, the relations between the two countries would continue to improve and strengthen,” he added.
The fact that China strongly supported Myanmar with full understanding while providing support such as this based on requirements at the ground level shows clearly the Pauk Phaw relationship, said the Union Minister.
Per unit cost of the ABH is about Ks 15.9 million and thus this donation of 1,000 ABH is worth Ks 15.9 billion. But the value that could not be described or calculated is providing support in time of need in the spirit of a good relative said the Union Minister.
Next, Ambassador Mr. Hong Liang explained about the reason for donation of 1,000 units of assembled board houses and handed over the donation which was accepted by Union Minister U Kyaw Tint Swe. As a good neighbor China had donated 1,053 ABHs in 2015 to natural disaster affected states and regions in Myanmar and 100 ABHs in January for Rakhine State.
— Min Thit (MNA)

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