Tenth session of Second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw begins

Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat.  Photo: MNA
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat.  Photo: MNA

The Second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw began the first day of its tenth regular session at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Hall in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon, at which time the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker addresses the Hluttaw.
In his address to the Hluttaw, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat first spoke of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw welcoming the five Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw representatives who were elected in the recent by-election. He then noted how Hluttaw representatives had returned to their respective constituencies while the Hluttaw was in recess and had learned about the situation among their constituents.
Hluttaw representatives were also urged to conduct reforms while performing their duties, and work to achieve a permanent peace and to strengthen democracy.
During the tenth regular session, the remaining draft laws are to be approved and enacted, while each Hluttaw conducts their duties. Recently, not only this tenth regular session, but the schedules for each Hluttaws’ regular sessions in 2019 were published in a notification. It is expected that through this publication there will be more progress and successes in the work. However, due to the work requirements of each Hluttaw, there can be changes in dates and durations, while emergency and special meetings can also be convened by following the laws and rules.
Instructions were made to submit proposals, at the latest on 31 December 2018, to use Pyidaungsu Hluttaw development funds and, to date, 31 townships had submitted proposals, out of which permission was granted to 8 townships. The remaining townships have been notified to submit their proposals on time, said the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker.
At the end, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker prayed that all may perform their duties correctly.
Submission and putting on record foreign trips
Foreign trip records of the Myanmar delegation led by President U Win Myint, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Deputy Speaker and Hluttaw representatives were then submitted and the Hluttaw put the records into the minutes.
Establishment and expansion of new ministry
Next, Union Attorney-General U Tun Tun Oo explained about establishing and expanding the Investment and Foreign Economic Relations Ministry sent by the President. The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced that those Hluttaw representatives who want to discuss the matter should register their names.
Appointment of Judge of the Supreme Court of the Union
Afterwards, a message sent by the President to appoint U Myo Win as Judge of the Supreme Court of the Union was submitted to the Hluttaw, and an announcement made for Hluttaw representatives who want to object to the appointment to submit their names, though if there are no objections the matter will be carried out.
Joint Bill Committee report on Tax Management bill
Following this, the Joint Bill Committee joint secretary Dr. Myat Nyana Soe read the committee’s report and findings on the Tax Management Bill sent by the Union Government and Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker, who announced that Hluttaw representatives who want to table the amendment bill should register their names.
Becoming member of IASIA
Later, Union Civil Service Board Chairman Dr. Win Thein explained about the benefits of becoming a member of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA), to which the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced that those Hluttaw representatives who want to discuss the matter should submit their names.
Bill Amending the Sea Customs Act
After this, Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance U Maung Maung Win explained about draft amendments to the Sea Customs Act (2018) for the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to discuss and approve.
Regarding this matter, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced that a report, including the findings and comments of the Joint Bill Committee, is to be submitted to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and will be conducted according to the Hluttaw’s law and rules.
Interest free Yuan 80 million loan from PRC
Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung and Deputy Minister U Maung Maung Win explained about the interest free Yuan 80 million loan from the People’s Republic of China for the passenger carriages’ purchasing project and Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced that those interested Hluttaw representatives could submit their names to discuss this matter and added that it will be discussed and decided in the forthcoming Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting.
Deputy Ministers explain about Ks 316.925 million emergency fund
The matter of using the Ks 316.925 million emergency fund from the Union Budget Law 2018 sent by the President was then explained by Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Dr. Ye Myint Swe and Deputy Minister for Construction U Kyaw Lin.
Regarding this matter, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced that the Hluttaw is putting on record the two ministries using the emergency fund from Union Budget Law 2018 sent by the President.
AFD Loan Euro 70 million
Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications U Maung Maung Win also explained about the Euro 70 million loan from the French Development Agency (AFD or Agence Francaise de Developpement) to conduct project works in the Yangon Region.
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced that interested Hluttaw representatives could submit their names to discuss this matter.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw put on record the reorganizing of villages, village tract in Shan State
Finally, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw announced the putting on record of the expansion and reorganizing of Heho Town with five wards, by merging 3 villages in Taunggyi District, Kalaw Township, and Heho village tract.
The five villages will be merged as the Wayonepin village tract, the three villages will be merged as a village tract and 3 villages will be stricken out after the matters are submitted to the Hluttaw. —MNA
(Translated by Zaw Min)

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