Sagaing Region needs to boost transport, electricity

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State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi addresses in coordination meeting between ministries and Sagaing Region Government at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has stressed the need to improve the transport and electricity infrastructures in  Sagaing Region to be able to attract foreign investments in the region.
“There is weakness in the transport and electricity sectors in Sagaing Region. It is necessary to assess why these happened. We need to find out which sector out of the two, planning or implementation, has weaknesses,” she said at a work coordination meeting between Sagaing Region Government and Ministries concerned while discussing about a small-scale hydro power plant project and improvement of the transport sector at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
Present at the meeting were Union Ministers Dr. Aung Thu, U Ohn Win, U Pe Zin Tun, U Kyaw Win and U Win Khaing, Chief Minister of Sagaing Region Dr. Myint Naing, Deputy Minister U Min Thu and responsible officials.
In her speech, the State Counsellor underlined the great importance of coordinating with the Union Government in attempts to seek ways for overcoming the region’s current challenges, pledging to assist the region, which lags behind in development compared to other regions and states.
Afterward, Dr. Myint Naing, Chief Minister of Sagaing Region, presented a briefing  on transport and the present availability of power supply, needs and problems, arrangements for drawing up a plan for the development of the transport and electricity sectors and matters to be implemented further.
In addition, U Win Khaing, Union Minister, spoke of the projects to be implemented for communication improving  Sagaing Region—Thetkaelgyin-Phaungpyin- Homemalin-Khamti Road, Kantbalu-Kyunhla-Chatthin-Kawlin-Wuntho-Indaw Road, Monywa-Yargyi-Kalewa- Road, Ye-U-Kalewa Road, Homemalin-Ketthar-Aung Zeya-Myothit, Tamu Road, Leshi-Htanparswe-Lahe, Namyum-Pansaung Road, Namyum-Shinpweyam Road, Khamti-Pharlamone-Tarmakham-Nyaungbin Road, Tamu-Sittaung-PhaungPyin Road and Mopainglwe-Yannway Road, according to the order of priority.
U Pe Zin Tun, Union Minister, explained matters for increasing sold units of power in respective financial years starting from 2011-2012, availability of power in villages and towns of the regions and states and remaining villages and towns to be supplied, power consumption up to 2016-2017, targeted projects to be implemented in the financial year 2018-2019, natural resources which had been surveyed for light hydro-power plant, and arrangements for solar power plants in cooperation with domestic and overseas organizations.
Then Union Minister U Kyaw Win explained matters of finance, after which Union Minister Dr. Aung Thu explained the sharing of agricultural knowledge for farmers in the region to earn more income.
After that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi gave her comments and advice based on what had been presented, emphasizing that the Region Cabinet needed to promptly implement the projects after drawing up plans for the development of the transport and electricity sectors which are in great need, in consultation with the Union Government and related ministries.—Myanmar News Agency

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