Vice President U Henry Van Thio visits pearl farm, and Salon ethnics in Taninthayi Region

Vice President U Henry Van Thio visits the pearl farm on Pale Island, Bokpyin Township in Taninthayi Region.  Photo: MNA
Vice President U Henry Van Thio visits the pearl farm on Pale Island, Bokpyin Township in Taninthayi Region.  Photo: MNA

Vice President U Henry Van Thio, who is also chairman of the Central Committee for Development of the National Tourism Industry, visited the pearl farm on Pale Island, Bokpyin Township, Taninthayi Region and rural development work being conducted in Makyone Galet Village, Kawthoung Township yesterday. Vice President U Henry Van Thio, together with Taninthayi Region Chief Minister Dr. Lei Lei Maw, Deputy Ministers Rear Admiral Myint Nwe and U Kyaw Myo and other officials arrived at the pearl farm on Pale Island yesterday morning by express boat. They were welcomed by Myanma Pearl Enterprise Managing Director U Min Min Oo, who explained the history of pearl farming in Myanmar and various aspects of pearl production and sales.
The Vice President commented that pearl production is a work that provides foreign exchange for the country and urged those involved to work hard.
“There is a need to find new places to produce pearls and to expand pearl production. Other works damage the natural environment and are not permitted near a pearl production place. Pearl production preserves the natural environment”, said the Vice President.
The Vice President then inspected the pearl farm and viewed the Lampi Island marine national park.
The Vice President then went to Kawthoung Township, Bo Cho Island, Makyone Galet Salon Village and attended the opening of a boarding house for the Salon that was donated and constructed by the Tint Tint Myanmar Company Limited.
The Vice President met with ethnic Salon nationals and locals in the meeting hall of the boarding house and explained the country’s efforts for balanced development of all ethnic nationals.
U Nyo Aye, the director of the Hotels and Tourism, Taninthayi Region, reported to the Vice President the status of travel companies in Taninthayi Reigon, the development status of hotels and guest houses, numbers of visitors and income, places to visit in Dawei, Myeik and
Kawthoung districts, village-based travel works and future work for development of the travel sector.
The Vice President pointed out that Taninthayi Region has a long coastline with more than 800 islands and has many below-and-above-water natural resources and views that are of interest for the world’s tourists.
“When the travel businesses develop, it will create a lot of job opportunities for locals, and the government is putting an emphasis on regional development”, the Vice President said.
The Vice President and Chief Minister then presented clothes and food to the Salon people and were entertained with Salon ethnic national’s traditional dances.
The Vice President then went on to Khayin Gwa Island and inspected the works conducted for development of their travel industry. — Myanmar News Agency

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