Vice President U Henry Van Thio made an inspection tour to southern Chin State on 3 September.
The Vice President and party arrived in southern Chin State on 3 September afternoon. They inspected the construction project for extending the patient ward at the No.2 public hospital in Kanpetlet.
He also met with the local people at the meeting hall of the township General Administration Department office.
During the meeting, the Vice President explained the purpose of his visit was to witness at first hand the implementation status of regional development programmes during the term of the present government, to continue implementation and to listen to the requirements of the local people with respect to regional development.
He remarked that the development of a good transport network is the most crucial for least-developed Chin state, and that he made this visit to see the worst conditions for transportation during the rainy season.
He said the government was working for multi-sectoral development in Chin State, and that it would be possible to see the progress made when compared to the previous period.
Development projects would include upgrading Mindat college into university level, upgrade of Kanpetlet-Sami-Paletwa road into Myanmar-India trade route, development of road network in the state, constructions of Surbung airport in the northern part of the state and Lailenpi airport in the southern part which was now 75 per cent complete and project of Leimyo hydropower plant for Chin State.
The Vice President also provided suggestions for commercial plantation and production of elephant foot yam tuber, coffee and avocado, finding ways to get loans for the local businesses in agriculture and SMEs, and also spoke of the need of local people to cooperate with the government in development programmes.
Local people in Kanpetlet Township requested for construction of a mini airfield near Kanlaung village, new GAD office, town hall and converting the Kyindwe-Laungshe motor road into a tar road.
Chin State Chief Minister U Salai Lian Luai, Deputy Minister U Tin Myint, state government minister U Shwe Htee Yo, Director-General U Aung Myint Oo and Deputy Director-General U Kyaw Soe replied to the discussions.
The Vice President then presented cash awards to the volunteers who took part in COVID-19 measures in Kanpetlet, and Deputy Minister U Tin Myint provided cash assistance to the staff members of the township GAD (General Affairs Department).
The Vice President and party then proceeded to the factory that produces dried elephant foot yam tuber, where Secretary of the Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association U Kyaw Thu reported on the joint-venture production of this tropical tuber crop in contract farming system.
In response to the discussions, the Vice President advised the farmers to promote the cultivation of this crop and production of its value-added products which could increase income up to three times.
The factory uses modern technology to dry the natural elephant foot yam tuber by hot air circulation and can produce 300 tonnes of dried products which will be sold to foreign countries.
On arrival at the Government Technical High School in Mindat, Principal U Aung Htike presented a briefing about the school.
The Vice President gave instructions on the upgrade of the school road for all seasons, construction of a dormitory and a land retaining wall at the place where the landslide occurred.
The school is conducting the following courses: construction course, electronics course, automobile course, electrical course and research methods, as well as short-term courses for computer, motorcycles and home electrical wiring.
During the meeting with Mindat town elders, the Vice President talked about regional development, upgrade of college, cultivation of elephant foot yam tuber, coffee and avocado, export markets, mithun (Cattle of Mountain) breeding, upgrade of road infrastructure and the 620-MW hydropower project.
He also reminded adherence to the prevention guidelines of Ministry of Health and Sports from COVID-19 and cooperation of people in this measure, voting in multiparty democracy elections on 8 November this year and cooperation of people and government in development programmes.
Local people then requested for local requirements such as construction town hall, household water supplies, office for the Road Transport Administration Department, the appointment of dentist, the school for nursing and midwives, the appointment of school teachers, school buildings and establishment of township-level government offices.
Union Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Deputy Minister U Tin Myint, state government ministers U Soe Htet, U Shwe Htee Yo and Director-General Dr Soe Oo gave replies to the discussions
Union Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi presented cash awards to the volunteers who took part in COVID-19 measures in Kanpetlet, and Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Soe Tint Naing provided cash assistance to the staff members of Mindat Township GAD.
The meeting came to a close after concluding remarks by Vice President U Henry Van Thio
He was accompanied by Union Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Deputy Ministers U Tin Myint and Major-Gen Soe Tint Naing, Permanent Secretary U Ye Naing, the directors-general and officials during the meetings with local people in Kanpetlet and Mindat townships. —MNA (Translated by Aung Khin)