Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing meets the UMFCCI members and associates at the President House in Nay Pyi Taw on 3 February 2021. Photo : Office of Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing chaired the meeting of State Administration Council with the members of Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and its associates yesterday.
In his opening remark at the meeting, the Senior General, in his capacity as Chairman of the State Administration Council, explained the reason of meeting with the businesspersons from the sectors of agriculture, livestock, construction, commerce and manufacturing as the Tatmadaw has taken on duties of the country due to the existing situations in the country and to bring the country into the path of democracy.
He also said that his administration had not restricted any ongoing projects during the State of Emergency, while the total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the world has reached over 104 million, and Myanmar has recorded over 140,000 cases of infection and over 3,000 death tolls.
The Senior General also talked about containment measures against the pandemic and public awareness programme. He also reaffirmed that the Tatmadaw will never deviate from the democratic way, will not suspend ongoing projects, will continue working on international projects, will maintain international code of ethics, will adhere to the existing State policies, will apply the election laws on those who were responsible for the errors in voter list in the recent elections. The Senior General continued to say that as per the State Constitution, the Tatmadaw will hand over the power to the government resulted from the next elections, which will be organized by the new election commission.
He also discussed the resumption of businesses that can directly benefit the grassroots to overcome their socio-economic difficulties, taking effective legal actions on breaching COVID-19 rules as the travel restrictions are lifted in train, car and air transportations and other COVID-19 containment measures. The Senior General confirmed that pagodas, temples and other religious buildings would be reopened, except for the religious ceremonies, in line with COVID-19 rule, advised to reopen the factories and produce foods from agriculture and livestock sectors.
He continued to say increasing export of quality products from local agriculture and livestock businesses to fulfil the market demand for food supplies in other countries as the global population has reached over 7 billion.
He also called for the resumption of garment factories, stability in banking services, reopening of domestic tours and hotels phase by phase, the cooperation of members from UMFCCI and its associates. Then, officials from these organizations reported on their difficulties in the businesses.
After coordinating the discussions of businesspersons, the Senior General made his concluding remark, with making pledges for providing assistance and urged them to make more efforts in their works.—MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)