Vice President U Henry Van Thio in Tachilek

Vice President U Henry Van Thio is welcomed by Akha ethnic women as he arrives in Hokyin Village (Akha village). Photo: MNA
Vice President U Henry Van Thio is welcomed by Akha ethnic women as he arrives in Hokyin Village (Akha village). Photo: MNA

Vice President U Henry Van Thio yesterday inspected an international inland port in Wanpon, the Tachilek trade station and preventive works being done on Mae Hong river bank erosion.
U Henry Van Thio, who is also Chairman of the Central Committee for the Development of the National Tourism Industry (CCDNTI), together with Shan State Chief Minister Dr. Linn Htut, Deputy Ministers Rear Admiral Myint Nwe and Maj-Gen Than Htut, Permanent Secretaries and officials arrived in Shan State for a travel business development meeting held in Shwe Buthi Hotel in Tachilek yesterday morning.
At the meeting, Director U Htin Aung Naing from the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism of Shan State explained about the status of hotels and motels opened, issuing of hotel and tourism licenses, permissions granted for tourist entry, status of local and foreign tourist entering Tachilek, tour areas and tour voyages available for visitors.
Officials from associations of hotel business owners, travel business owners, tour guides, and a committee to control and manage car/bus lines raised questions that were answered by Ministry of Hotels and Tourism Permanent Secretary U Yi Mon and Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population Permanent Secretary U Myint Kyaing.
Commenting on the matters raised, Vice President U Henry Van Thio spoke of the important role played by the hotel and tourism sector on Myanmar.
“There are two parts in the development of the hotel and tourism sector. A part played by state government, hotel business owners and local people, and another part played by the Union government providing support. The key is cooperation between departments, business owners and local people. With the aim toward benefiting the country and the region, the part to be supported by the Union government will be provided in the best possible way”, said the Vice President.

Vice President U Henry Van Thio meets youths of  border area ethnic national development training school in Kengtung. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Henry Van Thio meets youths of border area ethnic national development training school in Kengtung. Photo: MNA

The Vice President and party then went to Tachilek town public service one stop shop and inspected the services provided to the public. The Vice President provided cash support to the staff on duty and then toured the Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Bridge (1).
Afterwards, the Vice President and party visited the women’s household and vocational training school operated by the Ministry of Border Affairs, Education and Training Department, where he met Shan State (east) district head Daw Nan San Phu Hlaung.
After the briefing, the Vice President met cordially with the trainees and inspected the school.
The Vice President and party then went to visit the Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Bridge (2).
Following this, the Vice President and party arrived at the international inland port (Wanpon). The Vice President said Wanpon international port is in a central place between Lao and China, and thus should implement and complete the project quickly. The Vice President also coordinated the land requirement for expanding the project and setting up voyages/trips to accommodate foreign travellers.
The Vice President and party also inspected the bank erosion work conducted between BRP-15 and BRP-16 in Tachilek Township, Golden Triangle region.
While inspecting the work, the Vice President spoke of completing the 1,000 ft. long rock-lined retaining wall during the open season, built up to full quality to have a durable and long lasting embankment and to conduct the necessary calculations to construct an additional 100 ft. above the present one and another one 650 ft. below it.
In the afternoon, the Vice President and party arrived at Tachilek trade station (Mae Yang), where they were met by station official director U Min Aung Aye.
The Vice President remarked on increasing the trade volume in the same way as other border trade stations. The Vice President also commented on finding markets for value-added agricultural products, supporting development of small and medium enterprises and to plant cash crops like coffee in rubber plantations.
From there, the Vice President and party left for Kengtung town by car and cordially greeted the local ethnic nationals upon arrival to Hokyin (Akha village), Kengtung town. The Vice President also observed the traditional handicraft works and provided cash support.
The Vice President and party then reached the border area ethnic national development training school in Kengtung town, where Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maj-Gen Than Htut and District Head Daw Nan San Phu Hlaung gave a briefing about the status and future works of the school.
Afterwards, the Vice President provided cash support to the students and then inspected the school.—Myanmar News Agency

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