National-level Water Resource Committee holds 4th meeting

Vice President U Henry Van Thio delivers a speech at the fourth meeting of the National-level Water Resource Committee in Nay Pyi Taw on 6 November 2017

 Water resource projects which would benefit Myanmar should be given priority while working together with international organizations for water management of the country, said Vice President U Henry Van Thio.

He made the remarks at the fourth meeting of the National-level Water Resource Committee in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

Vice President U Henry Van Thio, also urged the ministries concerned, in his capacity as the chairman of the committee, to make further cooperation with other related ministries looking into sustainability of the country's water resources.

The committee will make efforts to encourage investment in the water sector, to reduce disasters connected with water, sustainable use of water resources, to cooperate with neighboring countries for rivers flow across the countries, to encourage win-win cooperation in water-related projects, to distribute water-related information to the people, to improve capacity for water management, to draw plans for water management and to assist in cooperation with international organizations. Myanmar will host the Asia –Pacific Water Conference and leaders from 48 countries and the United Nations and international organizations would be invited to the conference.

At the meeting, Union Minister U Thant Sin Maung, vice-chairman of the committee, reported on implementation of the tasks laid down during the third meeting of the committee.

The previous meeting focused on carrying out survey for natural springs across the country and to conserve them.

Currently, ministries are working together for prevention of flooding and water scarcity and development of the water sector in the country.

The committee has set its target of achieving success in conservation of the Inle Lake and watershed areas of dams and forest plantations in watershed areas in the 2017-2018 Financial Year. 

Source : The New Light of Myanmar, 7 November 2017

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