This Week in Parliament (Aug. 6-10)

By The Irrawaddy 11 August 2018

Monday (Aug. 6)

The Lower House of Parliament passed a proposal to urge the government to keep companies true to their contracts after accusing the Construction Ministry of failing to adequately monitor firms it hires to build and maintain roads using the BOT — build, operate, transfer — system.

Tuesday (Aug. 7)

The Union Parliament passed Part Two of the Union Accord, which includes 14 principles that were discussed and approved at the third session of the Panglong Peace Conference in July.

Wednesday (Aug. 8)

In the Lower House, lawmaker U Zaw Min Thein asked if the government would appoint women to district, township, region and state administrator positions under the General Administration Department. Deputy Home Affairs Minister Major General Aung Thu said that lower-level female officers can rise through the ranks to hold those positions.

Thursday (Aug. 9)

In the Union Parliament, lawmakers debated a proposal from the president to borrow 30 million euros ($34.4 million) in no-interest loans from Italy for the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation to spend on rural electrification projects. Lawmakers called for transparency and accountability on the project, citing previous failures.

Friday (Aug. 10)

The Lower House put on record a proposal by lawmaker Daw Wint Wah Tun to urge the Ministry of Cooperatives to review its policies and procedures and make the necessary reforms to deliver the best results to the public.