President U Thein Sein delivers address at Workshop on Urban and Housing Development Policy and Projects

President U Thein Sein highlights relocation of homeless and squatter at Workshop on Urban and Housing Development Policy and Projects.—mna
President U Thein Sein highlights relocation of homeless and squatter at Workshop on Urban and Housing Development Policy and Projects.—MNA

Nay Pyi Taw, 21 Nov —It is necessary to implement affordable housing projects in which houses can be purchased in installments or with mortgages by the poor, the disabled, retirees, family members of fallen soldiers and the low-income public as well as projects for public rental houses for those who cannot afford affordable homes as they do not have regular incomes, President U Thein Sein said in his speech at the Workshop on Urban and Housing Development Policy and Projects held in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday.
The president told the workshop that the purpose of the workshop is to develop national policy, laws, rules and regulations covering the entire nation for the development of the urban and housing sector that can effectively contribute to the socioeconomic development of the people and serve the national interest and to draft uniform policies, rules and regulations for states and regions based on the national policy.
The government has been implementing people-centred development tasks for living and basic socioeconomic development of the people since it took office, the president said.
The president pointed out that it is important to hold consultations not only with departmental staff but also with towns’ elders who have permanently settled in towns to develop rural and urban development projects that can provide food, clothing and shelter and job opportunities.
The government is taking measures to relocate the homeless as well as to address illegal squatters while efforts are being made to improve the living standards of the people, the president explained, saying it is vital to consider the employment situation as well as the residential situation of the poor.
As development partners, experts, scholars, Hluttaw representatives, representatives from states and regions are participating in the workshop, it is vital to take into account the availability of investment as well as far-sighted modern projects, the president said.
The government is planning to implement insurance systems, installment systems and loan systems not just for housing for government staff but also for stipends for higher education and health care for their offspring, the president continued.
In conclusion, the president urged the participants to contribute to the development of the socioeconomic status of all citizens in accordance with the long-term goals of all-round national development projects and the framework for economic and social reform.
Afterwards, the president posed for a documentary photo with the participants.
The participants held discussions on urban development policy, infrastructure development and housing policy and development projects.
Union Minister at the President Office U Tin Naing Thein reviewed the papers and a discussion of the workshop in the afternoon.
The workshop concluded with remarks by Vice President U Nyan Tun.
Also present at the workshop were Vice President U Nyan Tun, union ministers, deputy ministers, mayors, Hluttaw representatives, members of state/region governments, foreign diplomats and resource persons.
President U Thein Sein on Friday met Chairman Mr Wolfgang Semper of Andritz Hydro, Austria, and party at the Presidential Palace here to discuss investment opportunities in the process of producing electricity and environmental conservation.
Both sides also discussed the progress of social welfare tasks, increasing the number of technology-related training programs to develop human resources, sustainable power generation with the use of advanced techniques and scholarship programmes for engineering students.
Also present at the call were Union ministers U Wunna Maung Lwin, U Soe Thane, U Tin Naing Thein and U Khin Maung Soe, as well as the Austrian ambassador to Myanmar.

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