Myanmar needs to emphasize security, says vice president

Nay Won Htet
Vice President Myint Swe said that, although tourism is assisting the economy, Myanmar needs to emphasize its attention to security matters at borders.
According to an announcement from the Ministry of Information, he said on October 10 that Myanmar has four international air or sea gateways: Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw international airports and Yangon International Port. There are 23 international land gateways including border gates.
Some border gates allowed tourists in with border passes, but there should be a list of restricted areas for them. They also need to use the same border gate for entry and exit. The authorities have to ensure whether these people are on a blacklist, to ensure that they do not do dangerous activities.
There are 15 types of entry visas, including re-entry, special visas and multiple visas. Visa applicants are allowed in with rules and regulations, and the six working committees need to check them systematically, especially to ensure they are not on the terror blacklist.
Although tourism is assisting the country’s economy, the government needs to emphasize  security matters, he said.
Attacks in Buthidaung and Maungdaw in Rakhine State will harm the tourism industry. Terrorists can enter from check-points where security is weak and if the country’s security is breached, it will harm tourism sector, he said.