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With peace in Shan State, economy should progress: Thein Sein

(Mizzima) – Burmese President Thein Sein travelled to Shan State to praise its newly found peace and to say economic development would follow, in a speech in the Taunggyi City Hall on Saturday.

President Thein Sein delivers a speech to open Parliament in 2011. Photo: MizzimaThein Sein said peace and stability and national economic development “are essential requisites for the flourishing of democracy,” and recalled that the nation has gone through more than 60 years of instability and lack of peace.

The Shan State Progressive Party and the Shan State Army-North (SSAN) signed peace agreements with the government peacemaking team in late January.

While negotiating with internal ethnic political forces to solve differences, the government has taken reform measures in order that all political forces can cooperate in future political programmes, he said, according to an article in The New Light of Myanmar, a state-run newspaper.

He said that all ethnic groups that have concluded peace talks have agreed that they will never secede from the Union.

After achieving peace, he said that arrangements would be made for people in the national ethnic groups to get involved in party politics, for middle-aged people to be economically strong and for young people to be able to safeguard their own country.

He said the government would try to ensure a transparent and free and fair election on April 1. The democracy the nation will practice cannot be identical to Western democracies, he said, according to the newspaper.

The government is laying down policies in order to maintain the momentum of agricultural development and promote modern industrial development based on agriculture, he said.

Thein Sein, whose government has been in office a little more than one year, said efforts must be made to establish a modern industrial nation for economic development and prosperity.

With peace, Shan State can enjoy job opportunities, and factories and workshops must be set up by inviting domestic and foreign investments, he said, adding that the government must also encourage the development of human resources, education and health to develop skilled human resources ready for establishment of an industrialized nation.

Also present on the occasion were the deputy commander in chief of Defence Services, Union ministers, the Shan State chief minister, the commander of Eastern Command, deputy ministers, state cabinet members, departmental heads, state/district/township level departmental personnel, faculty members of universities and colleges in Taunggyi and the general public.
Last Updated ( Monday, 12 March 2012 16:49 )  

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