CSOs not ready for peace conference

Civil society organisations will not be able to submit any data to the Union Peace Conference scheduled in February, said an official of the preparatory committee for CSO forums on Monday.

The first-ever national-level CSO forum is due to commence in January and will be about preparations for coming forums.

UNFC makes more demands

The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) issued a statement on Tuesday demanding an atmosphere for negotiations, the building of a federal union and inclusiveness.

The UNFC’s statement also pledged to publicise updates on peace talks and warfare by government troops and ethnic armed groups, reviewed  the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) and called the National League for Democracy government to pay attention to the details that cause conflicts.

Commission suggests new water tax

The legal affairs and special cases assessment commission suggested that the government collect a new rate of water tax from factories, workshops and agricultural businesses to cover expenses for water resource management at the parliamentary session on Tuesday.

Parliament speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than replied that he would record the proposal and relay the information to the government.

Aung San Suu Kyi calls meeting of Asean foreign ministers to discuss situation in Rakhine State

Foreign ministers from Asean nations are to be invited to discuss matters concerning the controversial Rakhine State and other developments within Myanmar, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

Permanent Secretary Kyaw Zayya said that while the finer details of the meeting had yet to be decided, Foreign Affairs Minister and  State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi would definitely sit down with her Asean counterparts either in Yangon or the capital Nay Pyi Taw.

Ethnic armed forces who signed NCA meet with Government Peace Commission

Eight ethnic armed forces who signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) met with the Government’s peace commission at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Yangon on December 12.

In was part of a series of political talks at national and regional level the government will hold with ethnic representatives as well as official political parties.

Cash aids, loans can’t promote long-term job creation: State Counsellor

Private sector plays a vital role for nation development but cash assistance and loans can’t promote long-term job creation and basic infrastructures requirements, says Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor, at the first meeting of the Development Assistance Coordination Unit (DACU) held in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

MPs propose reclaiming unfarmed vacant land

A proposal to reclaim vacant land has been recorded at the Lower House parliamentary session on Monday.

MP Htun Wai of Phounpyin constituency submitted the proposal on December 1 urging the government to reclaim the vacant land from owners that did not follow the vacant land management law. The Lower House decided to record the proposal which was debated by 15 MPs.