Parliamentary Sessions to Resume in November
Myanmar parliament Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Assembly of the Union) will resume its third sessions on November 16 following a month of adjournment, according to the announcement of the national-level legislature. The second parliamentary sessions ended on October 7. The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw is a bicameral legislature with the Houses of Pyithu Hluttaw (House of Representatives) and Amyotha Hluttaw (House of Nationalities).
Myanmar to Compile Ethnicity Lists
Myanmar is planning to conduct 10 research strands in order to compile lists of ethnic nationalities residing in the country, according to official media on October 25. Negotiation process is underway with ethnic groups nationwide to review the existing facts and figures released by various organisations. Myanmar has a population of 52 million, according to the 2014 population and housing census.
Myanmar and India Signed Three Pacts for Cooperation
Myanmar and India inked three agreements to boost cooperation in power sector, banking and insurance on October 19. The signing of the pacts came during Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s State visit to India. It was Suu Kyi’s first visit to India after her National League for Democracy party took power following a landslide victory in November elections last year. Suu Kyi and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also agreed to step up security cooperation.
President Took a Working Visit to Vietnam
President Htin Kyaw made a visit to Vietnam to attend international summits from October 26 to 28. The president met with his Vietnamese counterpart on October 26. Htin Kyaw’s visit to Vietnam was to attend international meetings that include the 7th Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS), the 8th Cambodia-Laos-Myanmar-Vietnam (CLMV) Summit, and the World Economic Forum on Mekong (WEF-Mekong). It was Htin Kyaw’s first visit to Vietnam since he came to presidency in March.