Literary Conference 2017, conducted with the theme of “Free Literature, Free Voice” concluded yesterday at the Myanmar Convention Centre in Mayangone Township, Yangon.
Forty proposals selected from 54 discussions from the first three days of the conference and general suggestions were approved unanimously by the attendees.
The proposals include outcomes from discussion on development of Myanmar literature, education, libraries, formation of supporting groups for development of literature, publishing, translation literature and national literary awards .
Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint delivered an address expressing his delight for the successful conclusion of the conference that was systematically held and attracted many literary friends nationwide.
The Union Minister also explained his personal approval for the suggestions unanimously approved by the attendees, as some of the suggestions were the same ones he requested.
The Union Minister asked for Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD) libraries to become community centres and to work together with the literati in each townships and conduct literature effort for the libraries to be stocked with books, have internet access and become a full -fledged library.
The Union Minister invited all to conduct literature discussion, reading circles and book clubs activities in IPRD libraries with literature enthusiasts in the respective area. From this, the suggestions were made and approved in the conference and will become a reality.
After the Union Minister concluded his remarks, author Ma Sandar expressed thanks on behalf of the Literary Conference 2017 organizing committee.
The conference was held for four days from 13 to 16 December, and the decisions from the conference will be submitted to the government and respective departments via the Ministry of Information.
The Literary Conference 2017 was jointly organized by 11 Myanmar literary organisations.
Last night, the Ministry of Information hosted a dinner at Yangon City Hotel,
Mayangone Township, in honour of the representatives of literary organisations who attended the Literary Conference 2017.
At the dinner, Dr Pe Myint extended greetings and Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein and vice chairman of conference organising committee Saya Maung Thwe Thit gave words of thanks.
Present at the dinner were Union Minister Dr Pe Myint and wife, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein and wife, officials from the Ministry of Information, literary conference organising committee members, members of the literary organisations and invited guests.