The Second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw tenth regular session held its eighth-day meeting at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting hall yesterday.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw put on record reorganizing of wards, village tracts and villages
At the meeting Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced the Hluttaw putting on record the reorganizing of wards, village tracts and villages in Magway Region after the matter was submitted to the Hluttaw.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Joint Bill Committee read and submits reports
Next, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Joint Bill Committee members U Thein Lwin and U Stephen read and submit the committee reports on 2017 Myanmar Gemstone Bill and Myanmar Mines Rule in which the two Hluttaws were in disagreement.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced for Hluttaw representatives who want to discuss the bill and rule to register their names.
Euro 70 million AFD Loan recommended to be put on hold
Afterwards, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Joint Public Accounts Committee Vice Chairman U Aung Min read the findings and comments report of the committee on Euro 70 million loan from French Development Agency (AFD or Agence Francaise de Developpement) to conduct project works in the Yangon Region. The committee recommended the matter to be put on hold as recommended by the Hluttaw.
Accession to Vienna Conventions on Road Traffic, Signs and Signals
Following this the Hluttaw was explained by Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung on accession to Vienna Convention on Road Traffic 1968 and Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals 1968. The Union Minister explained that accession to the conventions would results in mutual recognition, support and speeding up of vehicles from convention member countries crossing from one country to another, reduce road and traffic hazards and ease international travel of vehicles.
As the traffic regulations in ASEAN Framework Agreement on the facilitation of Goods in Transit (AFAFGIT) is based on Vienna Convention on Road Traffic 1968 and Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals 1968, accession to the conventions will smoothen the implementation of ASEAN agreements said the Union Minister.
Furthermore, accession to the conventions will bring immediate recognition to International Driving Permit (IDP) issued by Road Transportation Administration Department that is not recognized internationally now. Due to this the Union Minister submitted to the Hluttaw to agree on accession to the conventions.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker then announced for Hluttaw representatives who want to discuss the matter to enroll their names.
Union level respond to Report 11/2018 and comments of Hluttaw representatives
Later members of Union level organisations responded to the Joint Public Accounts Committee Report (11/2018) on the findings of Fiscal Year 2017-2018 second six month tax collection and the discussion by the Hluttaw representatives on the report.
Union Minister for Industry U Khin Maung Cho explained that the ministry is using modern methods to control tax evasion by liquor distilleries while instructions were issued to take action up to the level of closing down the distilleries if it is damaging the natural environment.
Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Maj-Gen Aung Thu explained that tax payers and the right of the public is protected and revenue for the government is collected through alcohol and tobacco taxes or sin taxes levied on goods deemed harmful to society and individuals. A Task Forces are set up at central, state/region, district and township levels to prevent unauthorized/unlicensed production, transports, trade and sale of tobacco/cigarette and alcohols said the Deputy Minister. The Deputy Minister also touched on the matters of collecting farm land tax and taxing of liquor distilleries.
Ministry of Transport and Communications; Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation; Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation; Ministry of Electricity and Energy; Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Planning and Finance also discussed and explained on the matter.
After the explanations and discussions, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Joint Public Accounts Committee member U Bo Gyi tabled a motion for the Hluttaw to agree and accept the Report 11/2018.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker then announced the Hluttaw’s approval and putting on record the Report 11/2018 after the Hluttaw agreed to accept the report.
Hluttaw approves bill on second amendment of farmers’ rights
Finally Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Joint Bill Committee member U Nay Myo Tun tabled a motion for the Hluttaw to decide on the second amendment bill of Protection of the Farmers’ Rights and Enhancement of their Benefits Law. Pyidaungsu Hluttaw representatives discussed the motion and obtained the decision of the Hluttaw to approve the bill paragraph by paragraph.
The ninth-day meeting of the tenth regular session of the Second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw is scheduled to be held on 13 December it is learnt.
—Aung Ye Thwin
(Translated by Zaw Min)