Sunday, 18 September  2011 THE MYANMAR TIMES

Workshop No (3/2011) on Impact of Hydropower Projects in Ayeyawady basin on Ayeyawady River and natural environment held

NAY PYI TAW, 17 Sept-The Workshop No (3/2011) of the Ministry of Electric Power No (1) on Impact of Hydropower Projects in Ayeyawady basin on Ayeyawady River and natural environment was held at the ministry here this afternoon.

Union Ministers, deputy ministers, Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw representatives, departmental heads, resource persons, entrepreneurs, journalists and guests attended the workshop.

Union Minister for Electric Power No (1) U Zaw Min in his address explained the purpose of organizing the seminar and introduced six papers to be read out at the seminar. He also invited suggestions and discussions over the papers.

Chairman Dr Htin Hla of Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Association (BANCA) read out the paper on impact on natural and social environments; CPI Chairman Mr Li Guanghua, on Ayeyawady basin hydropower projects are strategic selection for Myanmar electric power industry; Director-General of Hydropower Planning Department U Kyee Soe, assessment on economic benefits; Chairman of Kaung Kyaw Say Company U Tun Naing Aung, on How CDM projects enhance in developing Myanmar; Director U Hla Maung Thein from the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, on forest conservation and administration to reduce environmental degradation along Ayeyawady River; Director U Ko Ko Oo from the Ministry of Transport, on report of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems Department to conserve and effectively use Ayeyawady River.

Union Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry U Win Tun, Union Minister for Transport U Nyan Tun Aung, Union Minister for Mines U Thein Htaik, deputy ministers, experts, scholars and Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw representatives made suggestions.

Officials replied to the questions raised by journalists and the Hluttaw representatives.

Chairman of Myanma Industrial Development Committee Union Minister for Industry-1 and for Industry-2 U Soe Thein made suggestions.

Union Minister U Zaw Min said in his concluding address that papers of today’s seminar are fruitful results for the ministry. He thanks all including Hluttaw representatives who attend the seminar and made suggestions.

The “natural environment report” was made by 250 scholars from six organizations including BANCA. The report will be submitted to the newlyreconstituted Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry. Remarks fingered by the scholors of that ministry will be studied and reported. The change of environment and its impact will be studied while implementing the project and operating plants as it is changing constantly.

The project will proceed in accord with the decision of the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry. Ayeyawady River will be studied from its origin down to Delta region. Now, the study is going on up to Thabeinkyin.

“Natural Environment Law” will be drafted as there were suggestions that the study will not be complete as it is done with own technology, experience and knowledge with no law. There will be a standard in the study of natural environment.

Regarding events along Ayeyawady River, it is needed to carry out environmental conservation and river management through national level plan involving the people, organizations under the arrangement of the State and drafting the law, if necessary, will be carried out. The Ministry of Mines will control gold mining in Ayeyawady River in regard to environmental conservation.

No more permits will be given for existing gold mines after the current permits expire.

Companies implementing the projects will take responsibility for impacts of the project on upper basin areas and lower basin areas. The fact that adequate measures will have to be taken for environmental impacts is included in JV contract.

It is needed to encourage and study renewable energy production in compliance with Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) as it can reduce global warming and carbon emission and give economic benefits.

According to the report of CPI Company, the structures in Myitsone project will be designed and built systematically to have the resistance of the worst flood in 1000 years and the earthquake of eight Richter Scales.

Report and guarantee of the company are recorded and quality control will be done constantly while implementing the project. A suggestion to conduct a time-consuming inspection by government-formed independent engineer group to ascertain whether projects on Ayeyawady are technical strong will be taken in consideration.

He went on that hydropower projects along Ayeyawady river were worthwhile for increased generation of power for domestic consumption and industrial development; however, impact of Myitsone Project on environment and safety was a hot topic among people and that it was an appropriate suggestions to minimize impact of Myitsone Project on environment and to ensure the project poses no danger by changing the design of tunnel, lowering the height of the dam and reducing water storage capacity, changing the site location to the upstream of the river, and making feasibility study on proposed Chepwe Project upstream of
the river first while re-assessing the design of the dam, and collecting data for environmental impact assessment.

Future works depend on environment report of ECF Ministry and study report of the engineer Group.

He went on that since the establishment of Ministry of Electric Power No (1) in 2006, power projects were permitted to local entrepreneurs, along with foreign investments with a view to increase generation of electric power in the nation in short period of time; such activities were being done under scrutinized permit of Myanmar Investment Commission, Ministry of Finance and Revenue, Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development, and the Attorney-General’s Office under the agreement of the government; so, within five years from the establishment of the new ministry, there had emerged a considerable number of hydropower projects implemented with domestic and foreign investment, inviting the national entrepreneurs to make investments in hydropower projects.

He noted that today, the nation had seen total installed capacity of 3360 megawatts and over 1500 megawatts electricity was being generated according to resistance of power lines and demand; it was expected that the annual power demand may increase by 10 per cent; more electric power will be enjoyed following installation of more power lines and improvement of power supply system; construction of power lines depended on budget and it took time; in the five-year term of the present government, nine projects Shwegyin, Kun, Pyu, Thaukyekhat (2), Nankhio, Upper Paunglaung, Belu Creek (3), Upper Belu Creek, Chipwenge-could be completed, contributing additional 655 megawatts to national grid; people may enjoy more electricity depending on fund division for completion of projects, installation of power lines, and power supply system.

He added that the government was implementing hydropower projects for long-term benefit of the nation and its people in line with adopted policies and laws; likewise the ministry had to implement such projects in accordance with the policies and decisions of the government as assigned by it; now as respective Hluttaws constituted with peoples’ representatives had emerged, the ministry would continue implementing power supply projects in conformity with decision of the Hluttaws, and adopted policies of the government within the framework of law. The Union minister then promised that his ministry would work its best for implementation of power projects according to the assignment of the Hluttaw and goverment.

IT developers, investors invited for Online Application, Network Infrastructural Development sectors

NAY PYI TAW, 17 Sept - Only with capacity for having easy access to information, will the nation bring about improvement to socioeconomic status of the people, thereby contributing towards rapid development of socioeconomic sector of the entire nation. Myanmar Computer Science Development Council is trying hard to keep abreast with other countries in information and communication technology sector in cooperation with Myanmar Computer Federation, Myanmar Computer Professionals Association, Computer Industry Association and Myanmar Computer Enthusiast Association harmoniously under the leadership of government institutions.

Thanks to government leadership and efforts of computer associations, a large number of computer companies emerge generating job opportunities for experts and technicians of the field, said Chairman of MCSDC Union Minister for Communications, Posts and Telegraphs U Thein Tun at 2011 anniversary ceremony of Myanmar Computer Federation and affiliated associations held at Myanmar Info- Tech in Yangon, this morning.

In his address, the Union minister called on IT developers and investors for fully participation in the drive for development of online application and network infrastructure that has demanded cutting-edge technology and considerable investment. Only with participation of private sector in the sectors of technology and investment, can development of ICT sector be realized as soon as possible, thereby contributing towards national development, he added.

Next, MCF President U Thein Oo explained works and duties of the federation and follow-up tasks.

Then the Union minister, Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe and Region Hluttaw Speaker U Sein Tin Win presented certificates to those who passed Fundamental IT Engineer (EE) and Information Technology Passport (IP) examinations, jointlyorganized by MCF and Information Technology Professional Examination Council (ITPEC).

Special Refresher Course for basic education teachers No (76) concludes

NAY PYI TAW, 17 Sept-Special Refresher Course for Basic Education Teachers No (76) concluded at Central Institute of Civil Service (Phaunggyi) this morning, with an address by Union Minister for Science and Technology U Aye Myint.

Also present at the concluding ceremony were Member of Union Civil Service Board Dr Kyaw Kyaw Htay and personnel, and a total of 1498 trainees.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister U Aye Myint said that Our Three Main National Causes was a national duty every citizen had to uphold and safeguard; to safeguard Our Three Main National Causes, it needed three powers- political, economic and defence, which were based on human resources development of the nation; education play a key role in developing human resources; an individual or a society or a nation may strive for advancement based on education; as Myanmar is blessed with both natural resources and manpower, it will be a developed nation if we make efforts for human resources development using all of their intellectual and physical power; as the government was building political, economic and social foundations in line with national objectives, teachers in different regions were to serve the public with a willing heart playing respective roles; teachers were responsible for transforming the nation into a continuous learning society ensuring each and every citizen was literate; they were committed to promote formal education, non-formal education and self-study as a national duty; the main task for rural development and poverty reduction was elimination of illiteracy.

The Union Minister then awarded outstanding trainees and presented certificates to trainees.

Union Minister meets Township education officers, BEHS heads in PyinOoLwin, Patheingyi

NAY PYI TAW, 17 Sept- Union Minister for Education Dr Mya Aye held a meeting with Township Education officers, heads of Basic Education High Schools at No. 1 Basic Education High School in PyinOoLwin in Mandalay Region, at which he left instructions on school management and teaching techniques and implementation of educational rules laid down.

The Union Minister made a donation for basic education schools in PyinOoLwin Township through Township Education officer and officials concerned.

The Union Minister met township education officer and heads of basic education schools at the assembly Hall of Basic Education High School in Patheingyi Township, where he donated vinyl and exercise books for students.

Union A&I Minister visits high-yield paddy plantations in Dekkhinathiri Township

NAY PYI TAW, 17 Sept-The change from conventional farming to mechanized farming will be carried out step by step, starting from the farmlands around Nay Pyi Taw, Union Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation U Myint Hlaing said while meeting with officials in Bonigyi 20-hectre plot of Mechanized Farming in Chai village in Nay Pyi Taw Dekkhinathiri Township this morning.

The Union Minister also said that this would help farmers generate more incomes with less production costs and help the State realize rural development.

He also visited 10-acre farmer education highyield paddy plantation in Aung Thu Kha village in Kyabin village-tract and 40-acre farmer education high-yield paddy plantation near Chai village where he called farmers for planting paddy strains which could generate 100 baskets per acre and viewed thriving paddy plantations.

By transforming from conventional farming to mechanized one, scientific agricultural methods could be applied, G.A.P technique was applied in 0.3 million acres of farmland of the country, including 3012 acres in Nay Pyi Taw Council Area, and G.A.P technique guarantees over 100 baskets per acre yield.

Union EP-2 Minister meets ROK delegation

NAY PYI TAW, 17 Sept - Union Minister for Electric Power No-2 U Khin Maung Soe received a delegation of the Republic of the Korea led by Chairman Mr Lee, Young-soo of Korea Myanmar Development Company (KMDC) and President & CEO Mr An, Seung-kyoo of KEPCO E& C at his office here yesterday.

They held discussions on installation of power line and matters related to cooperation in electric power sector.

Also present at the call were Director-General U Khin Maung Zaw of Electric Power Department, Managing Director U Myint Aung of Electricity Supply Enterprise and officials.

Coord meeting of Public Works held

NAY PYI TAW, 17 Sept - A work coordination meeting of the Public Works under the Ministry of Construction was held at the hall of the ministry here yesterday, attended by Union Minister for Construction U Khin Maung Myint, Deputy Ministers U Kyaw Lwin and U Soe Tint, Officer on Special Duty Thura U Sein Thaung, departmental heads and officials.

The Union Minister called for systematic use of funds, abiding by financial rules and regulations, storage of construction materials and constant supervision on maintenance works for smooth transport.

Next, deputy ministers gave necessary instructions.

Then Region/State Superintending Engineers reported to the minister on works being carried out, situation of roads and bridges which are under construction through B.O.T system and repair works.

Union Sports Minister receives Asian Sports officials

NAY PYI TAW, 17 Sept- Union Minister for Sports U Tint Hsan received Asian Karatedo Federation President Mr Kuang Huei Chan and Asian Karatedo Federation Referee Council Chairman Mr Lim Chee Jin at his office here yesterday morning.

The meeting concentrated on stainable efforts of Myanma Karatedo athletes to pluck achievement in 26th and 27th SEA Games.

Also present the call were Deputy Sports Minister U Aye Myint Kyu, Director-General of Sports and Physical Education Department U Thaung Htaik and officials concerned.

Myanmar puppeteers on tour of Europe

YANGON, 17 Sept- HtweOo Myanmar traditional marionette troupe left here for Frankfurt of Germany on 15 September evening, to tour Europe with puppet show, with a view to introducing Myanmar traditional puppetry to the world.

The troupe comprises founders director U Khin Maung Htwe and manager Daw Tin Tin Oo, and puppeteers U Tun Kyi (a) Dawn Yin, U Maung Kyi, Daw Nan Tin Myint (a) Nan Tin and Daw Cho Cho San, all of who are gold medalists of Myanmar traditional cultural performing arts competitions at Statelevel.

The troupe will perform at 16th International Puppet Festival to be held on 18, 19 September in Charleville Mezieres of France and tour 12 cities in Germany, Holland, Austria and France with about 30 puppet shows.

The troupe had sent five Thungedaw (royal page) marionettes holding open-ended drum, short drum, bamboo clappers, cymbal, and oboe in July at the request of Die Kiste Das Augsburger Marionette Museum in Augsburg of Germany for permanent display of Myanmar puppets in it.

Business Plan Contest worthy US $ 1000

YANGON, 17 Sept-CIESF group of Japan and Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry will jointly organize Business Plan Contest.

The contest has two levels-Level (A) for participants under 23 years old, and Level (B) for those under 28. Level (A) can be formed with four competitors at most, but Level (B) with at most three.

Level (A) is worth US $ 1000 for the first prize and US $ 3000 goes to Level (B).

Those interested may send their Business Plan in line with the rules of the contest, not later than 26 September.

Any one may catch talks about the contest at RUMFCCI office at 9 am on 17 September (Saturday).

For further information, dial 214344~49, Ext.108.

Flood warning

NAY PYI TAW, 17 Sept- According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level of Sittoung River at Madauk has reached (1119) cm exceeding by (49) cm (about 1.6-ft) above its danger level. It may remain above its danger level (1070) cm during the next (72) hours commencing noon today, announced by the Meteorology and Hydrology Department.

Talks on Sports and TB given

YANGON, 17 Sept- The Institute of Sports and Physical Education (Yangon) of the Sports and Physical Education Department and the Population Service International jointly organized an educative talk on facts about sports and tuberculosis at the Pyidaungsu Hall of Kyaikkasan Grounds, here, at 1.30 pm today.

Dr Nan Nyo Nyo Win of Population Service International gave talks on sports and tuberculosis, and dos and don’ts and replied to queries raised by trainees. The talk will be held on 23 September.

Myanmar swimming contingent leaves for PRC

YANGON, 17 Sept- A 17- member Selected Myanmar swimming contingent including manager and coach left for Nanning in Guangxi Province of the People's Republic of China to undergo joint training from 17 September to 22 October by air this afternoon. They were seen off at Yangon International Airport by the Vice- President of Myanmar Swimming Federation and officials.