19 January 2018
The republic of the union of Myanmar, vice president U Henry Van Thio delivered an address at the forum on the sustainable development of ethnic nationalities held at Mingalarthiri Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday.
Also present at the forum were the union ministers, deputy ministers, member of peace commission, states and regions ministers for ethnic affairs, chairs and members of the leading body of self-administered zones, parliament representatives, permanent secretaries, director-generals, members of states and regions literature and culture committees, representatives of NCA signatories, UMFCCI, NGOs and INGOs, international partner organizations, invited guests and media persons.
At the event, the vice president pointed out that this is a precious forum for holding to widen the horizon of the ethnic nationalities, it's less opportunity to create the conditions of running businesses for the ethnic nationalities who live in remote areas where are difficult for access to the road transportation. So, all union brethren need to find the solution and handle any challenges with the strength of the unity.
The state is implementing prioritizing peace and stability in the regions of ethnic nationalities. It can be moved forward collecting similarities by discarding differences and sometimes it can integrate among differences. Peace is the most important one among other things. The country will develop under the good governance, guidelines and equality and the outcomes of peaces will be enabled to enjoy. The peace in the region will bring the socio-economic development.
The government is making exerted effort laying down the principles of prevailing of internal peace and national reconciliation, emergence of democratic federal union and socio-economic development of the national races. The stages of 21st Panglong conference are being held together with the union government, parliaments, Tatmadaw, political parties, civil society organizations and ethnic armed groups to build the federal union desired by all ethnic nationalities.
Next, the Mon State minister for Pa-O ethnic affairs, Daw San Wint Khaing read out the message sent by the state counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi following the remarks of the union minister for ethnic affairs, Naing Thet Lwin.
Afterwards, the vice president U Henry Van Thio posed for documentary photo together with participants of the forum.
Later, the member of peace commission, Dr. Aung Tun Thet and executive director of Burma News International, U Than Myint read the papers. The forum will be held until 19th January, it's learnt.