Independence Day to be convened with five objectives

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Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the meeting of the central committee for the 70th Independence Day celebration.  Photo: MNA

The central committee for the 70th Independence Day celebration held its first coordination meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, with an announcement of five objectives for the national festivities in January.
The celebration of the 70th Independence Day will include five objectives for the day, it was announced at yesterday’s meeting.
“The five national objectives are: to safeguard and protect the non-disintegration of the Union, non-disintegration of the National Solidarity and Perpetuation of Sovereignty by the entire ethnic people; to work hard for emergence of a constitution which meets the democratic norms and can guarantee a democratic federal union; to make more efforts for implementation of the peace process; to reach the goal of “eternal peace” through political dialogue by cooperating between all national races of the Union with the Union Government and to work hard for promoting the private sector, which is the driving force for the country’s economy, and to be able to boost the socio-economy of the people,” said Vice President U Myint Swe, in his capacity as the chairman of the committee.

The meeting was attended by Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister for Education, Dr Myo Aung, chairman of Nay Pyi Taw Council, Maj-Gen Myint Maw, Commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command, Deputy Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Directors-General, high ranking Tatmadaw officers and officials.
At the meeting, the central committee chairman and Vice President said today’s meeting was convened in order to hold the 2018 70th Independence Day ceremony and related events successfully in a politically meaningful way.
For the 70th Independence Day ceremony to be held successfully in accord with the national aims, the office of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar had issued notification 72/2017 on 29 September 2017 forming a 36-member Central Committee for Convening the 2018 70th Independence Day, designated nine sub-committees under the Central Committee and assigned duties and responsibilities.
Five national objectives were set to hold the 70th Independence Day and related events in a politically meaningful way.
The nine sub-committees are the sub-committee for holding State flag hoisting and saluting ceremony, the sub-committee for holding and preparing invitations to the State flag saluting ceremony, the sub-committee for holding the reception and dinner, the sub-committee for the fireworks display, the sub-committee for security, the sub-committee for information, the sub-committee for the President’s message on Independence Day, the sub-committee for health and the sub-committee for holding sports activities.
As per annually-held formalities, there will be morning and evening events attended by State Leaders, Government Leaders, diplomats, local and international non-government organizations, and invited guests. Emphasis must be placed on security of the attendants. Independence Day sports events are to be held on sports grounds and school grounds instead of blocking and closing roads, added the Vice President.
There was a need to avoid weaknesses and shortcomings by sub-committee wise coordination based on past years’ experiences and sub-committee heads to monitor and oversee their sector wise works. All are invited to suggest and discuss year-by-year improvement and systematic conduct of the sub-committee-wise assigned duties, said the Vice President.
Afterwards, the Secretary of the Central Committee, director-general of the office of the Union Government explained the formation and assigning duties of each sub-committee.
Next, chairmen and officials of the sub-committee for holding the State flag hoisting and saluting ceremony, the sub-committee for holding, preparing invitations to the State flag saluting ceremony, the sub-committee for holding the reception and dinner, the sub-committee for the fireworks display, the sub-committee for security, the sub-committee for information, the sub-committee for the President’s message on Independence Day, the sub-committee for health and the sub-committee for holding sports activities gave Power Point presentations of the status of their respective works.
At the end, the Central Committee Chairman and Vice President responded to the discussions and suggestions made by the sub-committees and delivered a closing speech

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