The Chin State Government has made concerted 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 authorities concerned of the Chin State Government have been able to serve the interest of the people in Chin State with sweeping reforms in various spheres during the two-year period in office.
With a view to ensuring the improvement of socio-economic status of local residents, peace and stability in the region and rule of law and multi-sector development, the Chin State Government has made dramatic efforts to improve transport infrastructure, electricity and agriculture that are favourable to the region’s soil, to support its strategies to develop the area’s tourism sector and to promote small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the region.
The Chin State Government is committed to providing necessary assistance for regional development tasks, improving the telecommunications system, constructing the inter-township road, availability of electricity and upgrading of schools and hospitals presented by officials concerned
The Chin State Government has made an effort to improve the transportation infrastructure, 50 percent of the state budget is now being used to reconstruct and reinforce the roads, to make them operational in all seasons.
The land in the state is hard on top and soft underneath, which means landslides are common, rendering it difficult to get around.
Thus it is a good initiative to improve road infrastructure. With better mobility, the local residents can be able to implement the process of the regional development.
Moreover plans are under way to construct a road from TedimTownship to Paletwa Township and the Paletwa-Meeza-Shinletwa Road that will start from the western bank of the Kaladan River in the state.
Another construction of the Kaladan River-Crossing Bridge (Paletwa) is 1900 feet long and located on the western bank of the Kaladan River.
With the cooperation of the Ministry of Construction, the construction of the Kaladan River-Crossing Bridge is under construction and the project has completed nearly 33 per cent now. The cost of the Kaladan River-Crossing Bridge has utilized form the Chin State Government fund and this river-crossing bridge is required for convenience of the local residents who cannot directly come to Paletwa by motorcar.
Upon completion of the projects, the socio-economic status of the local people will improve and they will have a chance to export their products to other areas.
Moreover the local residents can grow agriculture which is favourable to the climate of the region on a commercial scale. During the period of two years, the ministry of construction had built 110 miles of tar road, 135 miles of roads which can be used for the whole year and 180-feet-long 5 bridges in the Chin State.
The World Bank has funded the developmental projects of the Chin State and the Ministry of Construction will construct the Kalay-Falam-Hakha-tar road, utilizing US $66.8 million in the region. This road is 124 miles long and plans are under way to start the project in 2019.
The Chin State Government has been planning to distribute electricity supply in the region with the aim of providing opportunities for employment, education, business and the social sectors. Efforts had been made to transport power through the national grid to six towns, and through hydroelectricity lines for another four towns in the region.
Regarding the education sector, altogether 221 schools big and small were upgraded with new school buildings, and 121 schools were built in order to meet the set standard. The state government had appointed 10,242 teachers who receive daily wages, 2,163 primary teachers, 1,443 middle school teachers and 405 high school teachers respectively.
With the aim of implementing community-based tourism to create more job opportunities and reduce poverty, the Chin State Government is trying to boost the tourism sector which is good for conservation of the nature and development of the state.
Many of the natural areas remain untouched and the state government hopes the natural beauty will attract adventurers and tourists.
Chin State has much potential for tourism and become a new tourist attraction. As a result, tourist arrivals in Chin state have increased in the recent years. According to Ministry of Hotels and Tourism statistics, Chin state saw 5,251 local travellers and 1,761 tourists in 2016, and there are 11,047 local travellers and 2,454 tourist in 2017 respectively.
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
It is of great importance to educate the local people in financial management to know where the wastage is. And in financing sector, they need to know a business plan as well as a sustainable plan. Some SMEs are operating without any business plan and target. Only if they have such plans and targets will their enterprises develop. Efforts should be made to promote business structure, accounting, taxation, market management, human resource management and capital management.
To promote SMEs, the Chin State Government has made an effort to improve SMEs’ access to bank loans, support the role of women, focus more on organic farming and value-added products and boost border trade with India through trade points. There are four SMEs zones and the state government has laid down the strategic plans which cover 23 points.
As SMEs are major contributors to Myanmar’s economy and job creation in Chin State, it is of paramount importance to tackle challenges, create business opportunities, upgrade technology and settle financing issues. To implement the policies of the government such as national reconciliation, internal peace, raising the social living standards of the local people in the regions is important and plays a major role. For the equitable development in regions and States, peace needs to prevail throughout the whole country.
By Honey Win (MNA)
(Translated by William Ko)