Construction of roads in Southern Shan launched

Deputy Minister U Tin Ngwe, Ambassador Mr. Weber- Lortsch officially launch construction of rural roads. Photo: Supplied
Deputy Minister U Tin Ngwe, Ambassador Mr. Weber- Lortsch officially launch construction of rural roads. Photo: Supplied

U Tin Ngwe, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development, Mr. Weber- Lortsch, the German Ambassador to Myanmar as well Mr. Christian Richter, KfW Country Director to Myanmar, attended the Inauguration Ceremony for the “Rural Development Programme” (RDP) at Taunggyi- Taunglaylone Road in Taunggyi Township in the southern Shan State on 24 February.
The German Government has committed 18 million EUR grant to support the development of rural areas by upgrading and constructing rural roads in the southern Shan State.
German Ambassador Mr. Weber-Lortsch, emphasized in his speech that regional mobility and access to school and markets are essential to improve living conditions and income of rural households. The Department of Rural Development is doing an excellent job by improving and expanding the rural road network but the need is huge. Therefore, Germany – so far as the only Development Partner – is supporting Myanmar in this important area, he added.
The programme is implemented in the framework of German Financial Cooperation by DRD of the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development with support of KfW Development Bank. In its first phase three roads with 30 km will be rehabilitated in 2016. The total programme comprises rural roads of more than 150 km, which will benefit about 100.000 people living close to the roads.
Additionally, the DRD is trained in road maintenance, planning, procurement and supervision to deepen essential capacities for the successful handling of road construction projects.

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