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Parliament Likely to Trim Asean Meeting Budget

25 February 2014

Burma’s Parliament is expected to cut the budget for hosting meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), reports Eleven Media. Aung Thein Lin, chairperson of the Parliamentary Reform and Development Evaluation Committee, submitted a proposal to Parliament on Friday to reduce the allocated expenditure of nearly 12.7 billion kyat ($13 million) by 1 billion kyat. He said the move was necessary to save money for other purposes, such as supporting healthcare, education, business and technology. As this year’s Asean chairman, Burma is expected to host about 300 meetings of the regional grouping.