Burma

This Week in Parliament (July 10-14)

By The Irrawaddy 15 July 2017

Monday (July 10)

In the Lower House, in response to a question from Mingin Township lawmaker U Maung Myint, Minister for Transport and Communications U Kyaw Myo said his ministry had acquired lands for a National Database Center in Naypyitaw’s Zabuthiri Township and would begin construction in 2018; and that infrastructure had been built across the country to share the information from the center in real time.

The Upper House approved a discussion of the proposal of Bago lawmaker Dr. Win Myint, which urged the Union government to open a fishery university for the sustainable development of the fishing industry, conservation of fish stocks and water resources, food sufficiency, rural development and poverty reduction.

Tuesday (July 11)

In the Union Parliament, Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win explained the President’s proposals to ratify the Doha Amendment of the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Wednesday (July 12)

In the Lower House, Pyin Oo Lwin Township lawmaker Dr. Aung Khin asked the government if it would implement the Yadanabon Cyber City Project near Pyin Oo Lwin on nearly 10,000 acres of lands seized for the project as soon as possible, or return the inactive lands to local farmers. Deputy Construction Minister U Kyaw Lin said his ministry had no plan to return the 9,893 acres of seized land for farming, and that the project would continue.

In the Upper House, lawmakers discussed regional development works in their respective constituencies.

Thursday (July 13)

Mingin Township lawmaker U Maung Myint of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) urged the Union government to regulate literary talks, claiming that some talks were rallying support for the National League for Democracy (NLD) and its government. Union Information Minister U Pe Myint replied that every citizen was entitled to freedom of expression enshrined in the Constitution, and his ministry had imposed regulations to make sure people did not exploit this freedom.

The Lower House approved discussion of the proposal of Mandalay Division lawmaker Dr. U Hla Moe, which urged the Union government to air an educational TV channel to facilitate the country’s educational reforms.

It also approved discussion of the proposal of Magwe Division lawmaker U Kyaw Aung Lwin, which urged the Union government to effectively tackle widespread illegal logging across the country in line with the law.

It also approved discussion of Kachin State lawmaker U Lin Lin Oo’s proposal, which urged the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation and the Kachin State government to take the lead in handling illegal gold and amber mining in Kachin State’s Tanai and Hpakant townships.

In the Upper House, Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications U Kyaw Myo submitted the draft law to amend the controversial 2013 Myanmar Telecommunications Law. The draft law proposes five changes, including granting bail for defendants in certain cases and no longer allowing third parties to file lawsuits on behalf of an aggrieved party.

Friday (July 14)

In Union Parliament, Planning and Finance Minister U Kyaw Win put forward the Aungbarlay State Lottery draft law, which includes an electronic lottery system in which people can buy lottery tickets through their mobile devices and computers.

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