The Union Minister for Information, Dr. Pe Myint, said lowering the rates and service charges for filming will encourage foreign filmmakers to make movies and documentaries on Myanmar’s culture and natural environment.
The Union Minister made these remarks during a coordination meeting at his ministry in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. The meeting was held to discus lowering the fees foreign filmmakers have to pay for filming in Myanmar, in order to attract more foreign film agencies to the country.
Dr. Pe Myint said encouraging more foreign films and documentaries on Myanmar’s natural scenery and culture will promote the image of the country in the eyes of the world. This, in turn, will promote tourism, he said.
Our neighboring countries attracted more foreign filmmakers after they reduced service charges and other related processes, he added.
The Deputy Minister for Information, U Aung Hla Tun, also took part in the meeting.
At the meeting, Daw Thida Tin, the Deputy Director-General of the Information and Public Relations Department, presented the department’s plans for attracting foreign filmmakers to Myanmar. Officials from the Ministries of Home Affairs, Religious Affairs and Culture, Transport and Communications, Labour, Immigration, and Population, Planning and Finance, and Hotels and Tourism discussed lowering the rates and service charges for filming, and presented their ministerial role in the endeavor.
Later, a discussion was held among participants after which Dr. Pe Myint concluded the meeting with a closing speech.
—MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)