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Vice President U Myint Swe delivers speech at closing ceremony of CONSAL XVII

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Vice President U Myint Swe addresses the closing ceremony of the 17th Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-2 in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Myint Swe delivered a speech at the closing ceremony of the 17th Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL XVII) at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-II (MICC-II) in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday afternoon.
Vice President U Myint Swe said that by hosting the CONSAL XVII, Myanmar had successfully conducted works related to the congress with the cooperation of librarians, library related organizations and library expert representatives.
Myanmar took pride in hosting the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians for the first time, he said. Together with the Congress, the 3rd Executive Board Meeting, 26th Congress of Directors of National Libraries of Asia and Oceania Meeting (CDNLAO) and other related meetings were held simultaneously.
Myanmar held the first and second Executive Board Meetings in Yangon in 2016 and 2017, and the 3rd Executive Board Meeting and CONSAL XVII was hosted in Nay Pyi Taw.
The first CONSAL was held in Singapore back in 1970 under the leadership of the ASEAN, in accordance to its form and essence. At the moment, CONSAL includes the 10 countries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam, as well as library organizations and librarians as members. Partner countries worldwide have been participating in CONSAL meetings and activities.More than 600 representatives and observers from the ASEAN and partner countries attended the CONSAL XVII held in Nay Pyi Taw from 2 to 5 May. Paper reading sessions were held at the congress mainly under the theme “Next Generation Libraries: Collaborate and Connect.” In addition to this, the implementation reports of the member countries and the work progress report of CONSAL were also submitted. Representatives and observers in attendance actively discussed and found solutions for problems. It was felt that the preservation of culture and heritage, distribution of information and the mass use of literature, as well as raising the experience of libraries in the region, were required.
CONSAL is held in member countries alternatively once every three years. Holding the CONSAL helps raise the library and related methods among ASEAN and partner countries. To achieve the aims set by CONSAL, library organizations need to establish a strong and effective partner relationship.
The Vice President concluded his speech by thanking the regional and partner countries who had cooperated and participated in the successful holding of the congress and attributed the success to the help and assistance of the friends.
At the closing ceremony, Myanmar Library Association Chairman U Than Aung announced the winners of CONSAL XVII Outstanding Librarian Award and the scores achieved by the winners.
Next, Department of Historical Research and National Library Director General U Aung Myint presented awards to five CONSAL XVII Outstanding Librarian Award gold prize winner from the Philippines, and silver prize winners from Viet Nam, Thailand, Myanmar and Indonesia.
Later, artistes from the Department of Fine Arts, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture performed Myanmar traditional dances.
An official from the Myanmar Library Association then transferred the CONSAL flag and funds to Cambodia, which will hold the CONSAL XVIII. This was followed by the screening of a video clip showing the cultural heritage and sceneries of Cambodia.
The closing ceremony was attended by Union Ministers Dr. Pe Myint, Thura U Aung Ko, U Thein Swe, Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Deputy Ministers, International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) President Ms. Christine Mackenzie, Permanent Secretaries and departmental heads, congress representatives, the Myanmar Library Association Chairman, executive committee members and other members, chief librarians from Myanmar and abroad, and other invited guests.

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