The opening ceremony for the Hpa-an District Community Centre was held at the Hpa-an Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD), Kayin State, yesterday morning.
At the ceremony, Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint, along with Acting Kayin State Chief Minister and Minister for Planning, Finance, Development and Social Affairs U Than Naing, Chairman of Kayin State Hluttaw U Saw Chit Khin, Director-General of IPRD U Ye Naing and a representative of the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, cut the ribbon draped across the community centre signboard and sprayed it with fragrance.
The opening ceremony for the Community Centre was held under the supervision of the Ministry of Information.
Also, Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint and officials rewarded those members of the bands and Pom Pom troupes, who entertained during the ceremony.
Next, Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint and officials inspected the mobile library bus, the community centre which was donated by the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, Kayin Cultural Heritage Show rooms, the computer room, library and playgrounds for the children.
Afterwards, Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint gave a speech, in which he explained that opening the mobile library will provide books to those in many villages, wards and schools, where residents cannot easily reach the city library.
Later, Acting Kayin State Chief Minister as well as Minister for Planning, Finance, Development and Social Affairs U Than Naing invited those who wish to use the library to come to the community centre. He also expressed his thanks to the authorities for opening the community centres.
Additionally, an official of the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation explained the purpose of opening the library, as well as providing information about the foundation and the mobile library.
Afterwards, a discussion was held, under the title “Youth and Literature”, and Minister for Mon Ethnic Affairs U Min Tin Win, Mon State Hluttaw Representative U Thant Zin Aung, writer Min Khaik Soe San, writer Hnin Wai Nyein and local youth Nan Htet Htet Lin Soe, discussed literature and answered questions from the audience.
In the afternoon, Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint, together with Mon Ethnic Affairs Minister U Min Tin Win and Pa-O Ethnic Affairs Minister U Khun Myo Tint, met ethnic cultural groups, including Kayin, Mon, Shan, Pa-O and Bamar, who live in Kayin state. They also discussed holding future literature talks and cultural shows.
The Union Minister then met the staff of Myanma Radio and Television (MRTV), as well as the Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD), in Kayin state and inspected the retransmission station in Hpa-an, Kayin State.
The community centre and mobile library, which opened in Hpa-an yesterday, was the ninth centre to be opened, with others already opened in Kawhmu, Insein, Myaungmya, Natmauk, Pyinmana, Myitkyina and Mandalay. Public libraries and community centres in Myanmar occupy a vital place in the process of democratization, which is why efforts should be made to update them and keep abreast with the times, noted officials.