- By Honey Win
The Ayeyawady Region Government has made efforts to achieve all-round development in all socio-economic sectors. In order to spur sustainable development, plans are under way to support and encourage small and medium-sized enterprises, development of health and education sectors, and conservation of the natural environment.
The development of a certain region can be determined by its physical and social infrastructure such as electricity, roads and bridges, water supply, education, health, telecommunication, etc.
Among the fundamental facilities and systems, power grids play an important role in implementation of tasks for ensuring better living standards of the people.
The Ayeyawady Region Government had replaced some 9,157 old wooden lamp-posts with new concrete ones. A total of 117 villages have already received electricity and extended some 239.575 miles of power lines, utilising solar-powered systems in the 833 villages. Efforts had been made to supply electricity to some 241,183 residents who live in the rural area of the region. The authority tried to generate sufficient power supply for the villages, including industrial zones and business centres.
The Ayeyawady Region Government has implemented many programmes for electrification of the whole Ayeyawady Region, using all forms of sources to supply electricity. Next, the installation of the 6-mile 10MVA power lines and 6-mile 33KV power lines had been installed.
Regarding the education sector, altogether 981 schools big and small were upgraded with new school buildings in order to meet the set standards and some 50 examination centres had been extended in the region. The regional government has constructed 671 hostels, 50 examination centres, three universities, three Technological Universities, three Computer Universities, and three Education Colleges.
The Ayeyawady Region Government arranged to build five apartments including 80 rooms for civil servants in the region.
To be in line with the two objectives of the healthcare sector—increasing life expectancy and reducing the occurrence of diseases, health awareness training was given to rural people, while effective prevention and treatment were provided throughout the nation.
With the aims of improving the health of the local people, the regional government appointed 92 doctors, 219 nurses, 619 midwives and 410 public health supervisors in the region.
In order to undertake health activities in an effective manner, the regional government arranged to build 63 healthcare centres in the region. Also, housing units for patients’ wards and operating rooms, 72 artesian wells, 79 lakes for drinking water supply, and 80 water pumping machines were constructed for the welfare of the local people.
The Ayeyawady Region Government has invited investment to create a micro electrical generation and grid system in Ayeyawady region.
Moreover Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has approved 17 investments including one LNG power station, three offshore supply bases, and agriculture and production sectors in the Ayeyawady Region.
The regional government is trying its utmost to boost rice production in many ways. The Ayeyawady Region Government have strived to uplift the socio-economic situation of residents with small holdings, as well as farmers and breeders, according to the policy, law, rule and work processes, and the residents and farmers are urged to cooperate by conducting good practices.
In order to promote the socio-economic development of the farmers, efforts have been made to purchase 1,707 tractors via an instalment paying system, and training courses were also provided to the farmers to help them operate the machineries. As a result, training and farmer education works were also being conducted so that the farmers can overcome climate change and produce crops, in accordance with the changing situation. It is certain that the farming sector will develop only when the entire process of planting, harvesting, processing, packaging and marketing and selling is developed. With increasing demand from foreign trade partners, farmers are now getting a decent price for rice cultivation.
Preparation to fight against natural disaster
With the cooperation of the Ayeyawady Region Government, the National Natural Disaster Management Committee was formed, consisting of related ministries and natural disaster management committees for the local people in the region.
Arrangements were made to support Ks1 billion for 62,624 houses including 238,193 people.
The regional government is planning to build many multi-purpose shelters which will be used as cyclone shelters during disasters. They will be used as schools, for social occasions and housing. The location of the shelters, and their size and types, will be proportionate with the population number.
The lower part of the shelter will be used for animals and upper part is for people. Moreover, plans are under way to store food, drinking water, buoyancy aids, water tanks, generators and fuel tanks at the shelters in line with international criteria. Currently there are 55 cyclone shelters, with 17 shelters under construction. Thus there will be a total of 72 cyclone shelters.
Arrangements have been made to provide other necessary items for some 5,000 households and 500 other households in other districts.
Fish farming is flourishing in the region with 63,735 ponds on 123,550 acres. During its two years in office, the regional government arranged for 74 villages to develop fishery sectors, which are a part of the Emerald Project.
Development in the transport sector coupled with irrigation dams and provision of farm equipment has served as a springboard for growth in the agricultural sector, which is the base for socio-economic progress.
(Translated by Win Ko Ko Aung)