Vice President inspects regional development works in Kawthoung

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Vice President U Henry Van Thio meets with officials from the Region Hotelier Association and travel association in Kawthoung, Taninthayi Region yesterday. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Henry Van Thio, who is also Chairman of the Central Committee for Development of the National Tourism Industry, was in Taninthayi Region, Kawthoung town, and visited the Palone Tone Tone Bridge project, Maliwon Shwephyu Company rubber factory, and Kawthoung Township One Stop Service (OSS-public service) office. He also met with local business persons.
Yesterday morning, Vice President U Henry Van Thio, accompanied by Taninthayi Region Chief Minister Dr. Lei Lei Maw, Deputy Ministers Rear Admiral Myint Nwe and U Kyaw Myo, and other officials, inspected the status of the Actdaman Island travel development works.
Later, the Vice President arrived at the briefing hall of the Palone Tone Tone Bridge project. The Palone Tone Tone Bridge project is being carried out by the Ministry of Construction, Department of Bridges. This bridge connects Kawthoung Township with Palone Tone Tone village.
In the briefing hall, Deputy Chief Engineer U Myint Thein Maw gave a briefing about the project. Following the explanation, the Vice President said that despite limitations in funds, the government is building this bridge for regional development and requested that best efforts be made toward meeting all construction standards and norms. He also urged those involved to learn from past bridge construction experiences, and then visited the project site and Palone Tone Tone village.
The 2,400 foot long Palone Tone Bridge is a reinforced concrete bridge. The path for vehicles on the bridge is 24 ft. wide, while the pedestrian path is 3 ft. wide. Once the bridge is completed, vehicles of various sizes will travel across it and ease the flow of commodities, while developing the travel business, as well as the economies of local residents.
Afterwards, the Vice President inspected the production of high quality rubber at the Maliwon Shwephyu Company rubber factory in Maliwon village, where the Department of Agriculture (Taninthayi) regional director explained about planting rubber, production and export.
To date, Taninthayi Region has more than 347,000 acres of rubber plantations, out of which more than 63,000 acres is in Kawthoung District. Due to the processing at the factory, high quality rubber is now produced, allowing rubber planters to earn higher incomes.
After the visit to the factory, the Vice President went to Kawthoung OSS office to view those services being provided to the local people and then personally handed out national identification cards to the public.
The Vice President then met with business persons from Taninthayi Region at the Victoria Cliff Hotel, Kawthoung Town.
At the meeting, officials from the Region Hotelier Association and travel association explained about assistance being requested due to the difficulties they were facing. Deputy Minister U Kyaw Myo discussed arrangements made for tourists to visit by chartered flights, while Permanent Secretary U Myint Kyaing explained about the status of issuing visas on arrival.
The Vice President commented on the beauty and abundant travel resources in Taninthayi Region, and urged all related departments and groups to work together for the development of the travel industry in the region. Tourists are interested in new travel destinations, and there is a need to provide new transport systems, as well as security systems. General access needs to be improved, while hotels and restaurants need to be upgraded. Emphasis also needs to be placed on retaining the sustainability of tourist areas, said the Vice President.
By implementing nature-based and village-based travel programs, jobs will be created for residents in rural areas, reducing poverty and supporting the nation’s economy, noted the Vice President.
Later in the afternoon, the Vice President departed by air from Kawthoung.

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