Vice President U Henry Van Thio addresses 2017 World Water Day

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Vice President U Henry Van Thio addresses ceremony to mark World Water Day 2017. Photo: MNA

U Henry Van Thio, Vice President and Chairman of the National Water Resources Committee, addressed the gathering at the ceremony marking the International Water Day 2017 held at the Myanmar International Convention Centre 2 in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
“The special subject of focus of the World Water Day 2017 is wastewater. There is a great need for recycling of wastewater for reuse and for all the water-related stakeholders to pay great attention to the task of reducing the wastage of water. We need to protect and manage water resources systematically for ensuring sustainability of water resources and quality of water. For Myanmar, we must implement a multi-dimensional water resources management project to the fullest extent and work hard so that we will become a country where water resources can be utilized effectively.  So to effectively manage all the water resources of the State, it is necessary to systematically manage the rivers and river basins. While undertaking necessary reforms of infrastructures and organizations, we must   undertake capacity building of personnel from water-related departments, organizations and stakeholders,” the Vice President said.
Vice President added that development growth and environmental responsibility go hand in hand.
“People are required to co-operate with the government to develop distribution of water, sewage system and water treatment, environmental sanitation, sectors on agriculture, livestock breeding, hydropower, industry and tourism and concurrently not to harm the natural environment. Plus, it needs to increase co-operation in knowledge and technology concerning uses of water among water users. Storage of water more than ever can solve water problems to some extent, hence the need to give priority to rain water harvesting. Now, arrangements are being made to build more infrastructures to store more water and to launch campaigns for using water systematically to prevent wastage of water. On the other hand, we need to co-operate with respective ministries and organizations to implement preventive measures needed to alleviate water-related natural disasters.
“It is necessary to use modernized techniques and systems in forecasting for the future. We need to strive for the emergence of monitoring systems that will allow timely responses if water quality-related problems occur. A National policy for future water management was formulated with the support of an advisory board of the National Water Resources Committee. And arrangements are being made for formulating a Water Law which will comply with the policy of the State. Matters relating to the development of the Myanmar Water Sector, Monitoring and Assessment works of the Meteorological and Hydrological Department and Ayeyawady River Development Works are currently being implemented with a World Bank loan. Myanmar is taking part in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals for the eradication of poverty, protection of the earth and supplying water sufficiently to the world, as laid down by the United Nations.”
Afterwards, Mr Abdoulaye Seck, the World Bank’s Country Manager in Myanmar, Mr Wouter Jurgens, Netherlands Ambassador to Myanmar and Mrs. Kaye Schofield of Australia Water Partnership Organization and Dr Kotaro Takemura of Japan Water Forum and Secretary-General of APWF also addressed the gathering, followed by posing for documentary photo with the Vice-President and those present at the ceremony.
Present at the ceremony were Union Ministers, Deputy Ministers and members of Regions and States’ Cabinets, Hluttaw representatives and committee members of water resources committee, scholars from home and abroad, and representatives from civil societies.
22 March is designated as World Water Day and is celebrated in most of the countries in the world, it is learnt.—Myanmar News Agency

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