Vice President U Myint Swe attends meeting for 2018 Union Day

Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the second co-ordination meeting of 71st Anniversary of the Union Day Convening Central Committee at the Office of the President in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA
Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the second co-ordination meeting of 71st Anniversary of the Union Day Convening Central Committee at the Office of the President in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

U Myint Swe, Vice President and Chairman of the 2018 71st Anniversary of the Union Day Convening Central Committee, attended and addressed the second co-ordination meeting held at the Office of the President yesterday morning.
U Myint Swe said the Union Day event will be held in full accordance with the four national objectives.
“To hold the Union Day event successfully in accordance with the four national objectives with full political essence, the 2018 71st Anniversary Union Day Convening Central Committee was formed with 13 members led by the Vice President (1). A 17-member management committee led by the Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman was also formed as well as 14 sub-committees that will actually implement the organizing of the event”, the Vice President said.
The four national objectives of the 2018 71st Anniversary Union Day are the perpetual awakening of the Union Spirit, achieving internal peace through national solidarity, establishment of a democratic federal union through the Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong and economic development throughout the union by supporting the development of small and medium-sized enterprises. The first co-ordination meeting was held on 22 December 2017, where eight decisions were made.
These decisions were now seen to be implemented by the management committee and the 14 sub-committees.
Looking back at the history of the independence of Myanmar, it can be seen that ethnic national leaders held the Panglong Conference on 12 February 1947 and signed the Panglong agreement in unity and achieved the independence. Union Day shows the unity of ethnic brothers and sisters and has been celebrated every year for 71 years up to now. Union Day has been celebrated every year so that the future generations know that independence was achieved when unity was achieved and thus to value the unity of the ethnic nationals in the same way as valuing our own lives.
The 2018 71st Anniversary Union Day event will be held in two parts, Vice President U Myint Swe said. In the morning session, there will be a flag hoisting ceremony and reading of messages. The evening session will be a dinner party and entertainment programme. The 14 sub-committees which are implementing the two parts need to do their part systematically.
For the people to know the essence of the national aims set by the convening committee, state-owned media like radio, television, newspaper and periodicals need to broadcast and publish entertainment and informative programmes.
Television broadcasts need to show the present government’s endeavor towards unity of the ethnic nationals and national reconciliations.
Necessary board and lodging arrangements for the ethnic national traditional cultural troupes from two Regions and seven States, ethnic nationals, ethnic affairs ministers, chairmen and leaders of political parties who are attending this year’s 71st Anniversary Union Day event are to be made.
As this is the second co-ordination meeting, respective sub-committees need to discuss in detail on the status of implementing the decisions made at the first meeting and to openly discuss if there are any difficulties.
Dr. Myo Aung, Chairman of Nay Pyi Taw Council and Chairman of the Management Committee for convening the 71st Anniversary 2018 Union Day event explained in detail about the status of implementing the decisions made in the first co-ordination meeting.
Afterwards chairmen, secretaries and members of the sub-committees explained works conducted by each sub-committee. The Vice President then commented and coordinated on the explanations made and concluded the meeting after delivering a closing speech.
The meeting was attended by 71st Anniversary Union Day Convening Central Committee members Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint, Union Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko, Union Minister for Electricity and Energy U Win Khaing, Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe, Union Minister for Planning and Finance U Kyaw Win, Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Ohn Muang, Union Minister for Ethnic Affairs Nai Thet Lwin, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman Dr. Myo Aung, Deputy Ministers U Kyaw Myo and U Win Maw Tun, Nay Pyi Taw Council members, senior Tatmadaw officers, members of management committee and sub-committees and officials.—Myanmar News Agency

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