Second coordination meeting of Steering Committee to hold CONSAL XVII

Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the second coordination meeting of Steering Committee in Yinkye Yadana (Cultured Gem) Hall in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the second coordination meeting of Steering Committee in Yinkye Yadana (Cultured Gem) Hall in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

A second coordination meeting of the Steering Committee for holding the 17th Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL XVII) was held yesterday morning in the Yinkye Yadana (Cultured Gem) Hall, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, Nay Pyi Taw. Vice President U Myint Swe, who is Chairman of the Steering Committee, delivered a speech at the meeting.
The meeting was attended by Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, Thura U Aung Ko and U Thant Sin Maung, Deputy Ministers Maj-Gen Aung Soe and U Set Aung, Steering Committee members, work committee members, sub-committee members and departmental officials.
During the meeting, Vice President U Myint Swe said that Myanmar would be hosting the CONSAL XVII meeting for the first time in May 2018. This was the second coordination meeting to successfully host the Congress and associated meetings, such as CONSAL’s third Executive Board meeting and the 26th Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO).
The Office of the President had formed the steering committee and work committee for the successful hosting of CONSAL XVII with its Notification No. 61/2017 dated 11 July 2017. The steering committee was composed of 13 members, led by Vice President U Myint Swe and the work committee composed of 14 members, which is led by the Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture. Fifteen sub committees were also formed to carry out the four tasks of the work committee.
The Steering Committee’s first meeting was held on 18 August 2017, in which 18 decisions were made, of which almost all have been implemented. It is believed that after this second meeting, all works will be completed.
As a pre-congress activity, a workshop on school libraries in the ASEAN region will be held in Nay Pyi Taw. The Ministry of Education was working to develop school libraries, so this workshop will be beneficial for the country, noted the Vice President.
The work committee and 15 sub committees were urged to coordinate and work together to fulfill their responsibilities without difficulty throughout the opening, closing and paper reading sessions of the congress. 229 papers were received for the paper reading session, out of which 94 were chosen for presentation. Much thanks was owed to members of the Myanmar Library Association, who gave their time to help choose the papers.
The congress is held once every two years in one of the 10 ASEAN countries, so it will be another twenty years before Myanmar’s turn will come again. This has become a great opportunity to provide information about the current situation in Myanmar, as well as its culture and traditions, to visitors attending the CONSAL XVII and related meetings.
It was noted that the work committee and subcommittees were conducting coordination meetings, detailed discussions and works for the successful holding of CONSAL XVII and related meetings. Furthermore, in today’s meeting, while works completed by relevant subcommittees are discussed, difficulties and requirements are to be openly reviewed, said the Vice President.
Also, the Chairman of the work committee to hold the CONSAL XVII Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko explained about arrangements made to hold CONSAL XVII.
Next, work committee secretary Permanent Secretary U Tun Ohn of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture explained about those works completed and future works to be conducted.
This was followed by each subcommittee discussing and explaining about their completed works and follow-up works. Union Ministers Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe and U Thant Sin Maung, who were members of the Steering Committee, and other meeting attendees, also joined in the discussions.
Matters discussed were coordinated by the Vice President, and the meeting came to a close after the Vice President delivered the concluding remarks.—Myanmar News Agency

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