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Myanmar Announces Comprehensive Marine Protection Plan

Myanmar announced a comprehensive marine protection plan to be implemented through cooperation with the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) on February 24th.

Titled “Marine Spatial Planning for Myanmar: Strategic Advice for Securing a Sustainable Ocean Economy”, the plan aims to protect the country’s diverse fisheries and marine life—including dolphins, sea turtles, and other species among other marine resources. It was unveiled at the World Ocean Summit held in Bali, Indonesia during the last week of February.

The new marine spatial planning strategy was produced by Myanmar’s Department of Fisheries, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, with technical guidance from WCS, which works to conserve more than two million square miles of wild places around the world.

Yangon Chief Minister Eyes New Town Project

Myanmar is planning to begin the implementation of a part of a new town project in Yangon, according to official media on February 23rd. The Yangon Myothit (new town) project is located on the other side of Yangon River, adjacent to Kyimyindine Township in the southwest of Yangon. Authorities were eyeing to begin the works at the end of February.

The project will be implemented through a contract with the Yangon Metropolitan Development Public Company comprising 2,000 Myanmar construction entrepreneurs, according to the Yangon Regional Government.

The project is aimed at tackling the congested living of the Yangon metropolitan area which now has a population of more than 5 million. The number increases to over 6 million for the whole Yangon Region.

As part of the project, a low-cost housing project will also be carried out for those squatting and for those having difficulty finding appropriate housing.

Myanmar Delegation Studies India’s Federal System

A delegation from Myanmar visited India’s northeastern state of Mizoram to study the federal system of the country on February 23rd. The delegation, consisting of 27 members, was led by Hla Saw, who is a parliamentarian representing the Arakan National Party. The visit was to study how the areas inhabited by minority communities were administered in India.

Earlier, during its three-day visit to the state, the delegation, which included five Members of Parliament (Hluttaw), met state Governor Lt General Nirbhay Sharma, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and former Chief Minister Zoramthanga.

The visit was organised by the Ministry of External Affairs Ministry and the Delhi-based think tank – Observer Research Foundation (ORF).

China-Myanmar Tourist Cooperation Forum Held

The first China-Myanmar tourist cooperation forum was scheduled to be held in Myanmar on March 1st. Co-hosted by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), the Myanmar Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar and China’s Yunnan provincial government, the forum is intended for deeper bilateral exchange in the tourism sector. The event is also expected to see a Chinese delegation with over 300 participants.

The theme of the forum is “Tourism Cooperation – New Impetus for China-Myanmar Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership” and it is planned to hold roundtable discussions between tourism agencies from China and Myanmar, as well as promotional events of their tourist products. China and Myanmar have stated their commitment to the facilitation for border passing tourists and enhancement of people-to-people exchanges.


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