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Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Union Parliament): - legislation and other proceedings
The rules/bylaws/regulations etc. are in the hands of the various ministries rather than the hluttaws, but since they are so closely tied to specific bills (proposed legislation) and laws/acts (adopted legislation), they are included here for convenience. Where we do not have an official English title for a law, we may put in a provisional title. Bills are dated by date of publication, laws by date of adoption by parliament.

  • Pyidaungsu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2015

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    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 20 March, 2015: Sharing power, resources, taxes critical to states, regions, self-administered areas
    Date of publication: 21 March 2015
    Description/subject: "MP: Nay Pyi Taw, 20 March — Defence Services representative Brig-Gen Tint Hsan tabled a motion Friday in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw calling for the parliament and the central government to revise laws on the sharing of legislative power, resources and taxes with regions and states. He stressed decentralization in those three areas, saying that regions and states have been unable to make use of their rights provided in the constitution and strive for their own development over the past four years. Power sharing, resource sharing and tax sharing will enable regions, states and self-administered areas to rely on themselves and benefit their people, he said. The speaker welcomed the motion, saying it would pave the way for national reconciliation and peace if the parliament and central government acted on it, urging parliamentarians to take the motion into consideration in studying and amending the constitution. The central government is engaged in discussions with regions, states and self-administered areas with respect to the sharing of power, resources and taxes, according to U Kyaw Kyaw Win, Deputy Minister at the President’s Office. He said steps will be taken to amend existing laws and write new laws as necessary. U Saw Hla Tun from the ChaungOo constituency urged the parliament and the central government to send an account of new salaries no later than 23 March so as to endorse the budgets bill of 2015. Dr Lin Aung, Deputy Minister for Finance, responded that the growth of the country’s economy is still sluggish and that there will be side effects triggered by increased salaries. According to him, the government uses over K237 billion a month as salaries for all of its staff and pensioners. New salary rates were calculated by the central government based on its budget allotments on hand, with the deputy minister saying timing is of the essence given the sensitivity of financial issues."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (86K)
    Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 18 March, 2015: Budget committee explains restraints of allocation
    Date of publication: 19 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 18 March — Chairman U Soe Thar of the Joint Committee on Scrutinizing National Plans, the Union Budget and Taxation Bills on Wednesday outlined to the national assembly the workings of the committee as it assessed projects funded by state revenue, loans or grants. He said the committee categorized the projects, determining how long they would take until completion and the likelihood of meeting budget requirements. The committee scrutinized the projects by forming 19 teams and four central sub-committees not to waste allocated budget. MPs of Pyidaungsu Hluutaw then discussed adjustment of the Union budget. U Tin Maung Oo, representative from Shwerpyithar Township constituency, said government ministries need to use budgets properly and systematically without waste. He also said MPs are suggesting budget reductions in some sectors to prevent waste and to ensure a ‘clean government and good governance’ in the country. U Khin Maung Nyo, representative from Loikaw Township constituency, said budget reductions proposed by MPs are likely to cause difficulties for ministries concerned, noting that their suggestions are intended to balance the income and expenditures of the state. Daw Sandar Min, an MP of Zabuthiri Township constituency, said failing projects should be stopped to save state budgets. U Zaw Myint Phe, representative from Mandalay region constituency 5, said Hluttaws are laterally supporting government organizations and ministries to make steady progress in the state’s economy and to maintain stability. Later, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw also discussed a controversial bill on the development of small and medium scale enterprises."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 24 March 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 16 March, 2015: Union ministers explain budgets at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
    Date of publication: 17 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 16 March — Union level officials explained the budgets for ministries at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session on Monday. Union Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry U Win Tun told the national assembly session that four departments of the ministry asked for less expenditure for fuel oil, maintenance of machinery and receptions than in previous years, but Myanma Timber Enterprise had to seek more funds to pay income taxes for the 2013- 14 fiscal year and cover increased salaries and pensions. According to the union minister, Myanma Timber Enterprise will have little left over after it has paid salaries, wages, commercial taxes and income taxes and, as a result, the ministry will face difficulty if the proposed budget is cut by 5 percent by the Joint Public Account Committee. Union Minister for Health Dr Than Aung said at the session that about 25 percent and 66 percent of the proposed budget of the ministry will be spent on basic public and healthcare services, respectively, and only about 10 percent is allocated for human resources development, administrative and research purposes. Although only about 25 percent is allocated for basic public health, most local and foreign assistance will go to the basic public health sector, the union minister explained. Union Minister for Sports U Tint Hsan said the Hluttaw cut the proposed budget of K 288 million for a new stadium in Lewe to K 100 million and for a synthetic track to K 137.4 million. The union minister said he aimed to build a modern stadium for township level for youths. Union Minister for Industry U Maung Myint explained that the earnings of his ministry dropped because of trade losses, deficits, lack of quality and price-competitiveness, and the hiring of factories to private entrepreneurs. Concerning the ASEAN regional trade agreement, Union Minister for National Planning and Economic Development Dr Kan Zaw said that if faced with unexpected challenges, Myanmar can temporarily revise current customs commitments or suspend reduction of customs duties in accordance with international conventions and rules and regulations."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (70K)
    Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 13 March, 2015: Joint Bill Committee suggests exclusion of microenterprises in SME bill
    Date of publication: 14 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 13 March — The Joint Bill Committee at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Friday put forward its findings with respect to the bill of the development of small and medium enterprises on which two Houses held different opinions. The bill should exclude the section of microenterprises as it is mainly for SMEs, the joint bill committee said in its report of findings, suggesting the deletion of its definition of the term ‘worker’ in order not to contradict the existing staff regulations and rules. The union taxation bill of 2015 came under discussion, with union-level officials making clarifications on the bill. The Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, the Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development, the Ministry of Electric Power, the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Mines explained their tax collection systems across the country. The parliament will meet on 16 March."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (68K)
    Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 12 March, 2015: Union budgets bill come under discussion at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
    Date of publication: 13 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 12 March — The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Thursday discussed the Union budgets bill of 2015, with members of parliament expressing their viewpoints on accounting procedures. The Joint Public Accounts Committee suggested that annual budgets should not include foreign loans in accounts of budget deficits rather than revenues. According to the IMF’s debt assessment in September 2014, it needs to tax exemption and decrease of loan disbursement. In line with the Union budget law, salary of government service personnel has risen to 30 percent than the last year. An MP from a constituency in Mandalay Region stressed the need to balance macroeconomy in shaping the economy of the country and adopt a tax system suitable for the country. Another MP from the constituency of Dagon Myothit (North) mentioned a huge budget deficit, citing K8,639,128 million in income and K 12,078,689 million in expenditure. The MP urged the Myanmar Investment Commission to see to the matter, stressing that unsuccessful state-owned industries are thwarting the country’s economic growth."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (65K)
    Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 11 March, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approves loan for MPF
    Date of publication: 12 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 11 March — Loan from EXIM Bank of China for Myanmar Police Force was discussed at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session in Nay Pyi Taw on Wednesday. Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint said that Myanmar Police Force is responsible for the rule of law, community tranquility, prevention of drug trafficking, and public services and it is now taking more comprehensive measures for life security, stability and the rule of law. As a result, it has recruited more police but it faces with 69.25 percent shortage of vehicles and the Yuan 246 million loan will enable the police to buy required vehicles and vessels. The deputy minister also told the session that the vehicles and vessel will be purchased through tender in a transparent manner. The session approved the loan from China’s Exim Bank for Myanmar Police Force. Then, representatives discussed the union revenue bill. At today’s session, two bills sent back with remarks by the president were approved by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw and the bill committee reported its finding on bills amending the mercantile customs act and the inland customs act."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (68K)
    Date of entry/update: 20 March 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 9 March, 2015: Myanmar to sign ASW legal framework
    Date of publication: 10 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 9 March— Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has decided Monday that Myanmar will sign the legal framework establishing the technical architecture of the ASEAN Single Window. Union Minister for Finance U Win Shein said that the Legal Framework Agreement (LFA), once adopted, will set a common legal framework in ASEAN to strengthen the coordination and partnership among ASEAN Customs Administrations and relevant line ministries and agencies, and economic operators (importers, exporters, transport operators, express industries, customs brokers, forwarders, commercial banking entities and financial institutions, insurers, and those relevant to the international supply chain) to effectively and efficiently implement the ASEAN Single Window. As a concrete step towards the establishment and implementation of the ASEAN Single Window, the ASEAN Economic Ministers have signed the Agreement to Establish and Implement the ASEAN Single Window on 9 December 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The ASW Agreement mandated Member Countries, by means of a protocol, to adopt relevant internationally accepted standards, procedures, documents, technical details and formalities for the effective implementation of the ASEAN Single Window. Later, Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig- Gen Kyaw Zan Myint told Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to allow Yuan 246 million loan from Exim Bank of China for procurement of vehicles for Myanmar Police Force to ensure rule of law, drug-trafficking control measures and security of public. Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has invited parliamentarians for discussion this issue."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (70K)
    Date of entry/update: 13 March 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 6 March, 2015: Ministries present projects in National Planning Bill
    Date of publication: 07 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 6 March — The 12th regular session of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw continued for the 22nd day in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday, with ministries presenting projects to be included in the 2015-2016 National Planning Bill. Union Minister for Electric Power U Khin Maung Soe outlined power sector spending to improve access to electricity in regions and states. Deputy Minister for Immigration and Population U Win Myint elaborated on the Moe Pwint project for issuance of citizenship scrutiny cards, while Deputy Minister for Energy U Myint Zaw explained measures being taken to control the quality of imported fuel. Deputy Minister for Industry U Myo Aung spoke about matters related to factories, raw materials and access to local and foreign markets, while Deputy Minister for Commerce Dr Pwint Hsan explained trade volumes on a year-on-year basis and progress in trading with other countries. Deputy Minister for Sports U Zaw Win and Deputy Minister for Education Dr Zaw Min Aung presented the undertakings of their respective ministries, as did Deputy Minister for Construction U Soe Tint, Deputy Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security U Htin Aung, Deputy Minister for Rail Transportation U Myint Thein, Deputy Minister for Hotels and Tourism Dr Tin Shwe and Union Minister for National Planning and Economic Development Dr Kan Zaw."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 09 March 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 5 March, 2015: National planning bill comes under discussion at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
    Date of publication: 06 March 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 5 March — The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Thursday discussed the national planning bill of 2015-2016 fiscal year, with MPs at union level clarified the principle and projects covered in the bill. Dr Kan Zaw, Union Minister for National Planning and Economic Development, suggested an appointment of a permanent official who can represent and take charge of the whole functions of the ministry as part of bridging the information gap between incoming and outgoing union ministers and deputy ministers, who are to serve a five-year tenure of office. Union Minister for Information U Ye Htut said his ministry saw a net profit of over K6 billion in 2011- 2012 FY, over K3 billion in 2013-14 FY, and over K6 billion in 2014-2015 FY, expecting a net revenue of over K4 billion this fiscal year. He went on to say that there is no loss from the state budgets in transforming the dailies to public-oriented ones. Union Minister for Health Dr Than Aung pledged a 90% budget spending on public health care and remaining 10% on developing human resources and research projects. Union Minister for Finance U Win Shein recommended that education budgets should cover other ministries that have universities, colleges and high schools instead of the Ministry of Education alone. He described financial issues as so sensitive that tight control is essential for avoidance of unwanted consequences. Other ministries and union-level offices explained their respective operations to the parliament."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 09 March 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 27 February, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw concludes discussions on national planning bill
    Date of publication: 28 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 27 Feb—Healthcare, school upgrades and improvements to the banking system were on the agenda during Friday’s session of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, which concluded discussions on the National Planning Bill for 2015-16. The national legislature session also heard deliberations on a number of specific projects. Representative Dr Aung Than of Shwebo Constituency said there are more hospitals and clinics thanks to the increased budget for health, but it is necessary to appoint more staff to improve healthcare for citizens. Representative U Thein Yi of Htantabin Constituency said that standard requirements for upgrading basic education schools, such as those concerning student numbers and furniture, make it more difficult to improve schools, while the number of primary school drop-outs has been increasing. Representative U Zaw Myint Pe of Mandalay Region Constituency (5) said it is necessary to upgrade the banking system in order to increase the public use of banks and to scrutinize work of government agencies so that funding for projects is not overlapped. He also talked of the need for strict regulations on foreign loans, ordinary spending and capital spending, to prevent use of budgets under different titles. Representative Dr Nay Lin of Seikkan Constituency said that it is important to nurture doctors, nurses and midwives in human resources development sector and to exert concerted efforts for a more responsible and accountable healthcare system. Representative Dr Myat Nyana Soe of Yangon Region Constituency (4) said that it is essential to reduce the number of staff in order to increase their salaries. Deputy Speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw U Nanda Kyaw Swa said that abuse of public funds can be prevented by closely monitoring tender systems. Discussions on principles and fundamental principles of the National Planning Bill concluded at the session and members of union-level organizations will explain the matters related to the bill on 5 and 6 March. The Pyithu Hluttaw session today put the foreign trips of President U Thein Sein on record."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (68K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 March 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 26 February, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discusses national planning bill
    Date of publication: 27 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 26 Feb — Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Thursday discussed the fundamental principles of national planning bill for 2015-16. Representative Daw Tin Nwe Oo of North Dagon Constituency said that it is important to place emphasis on industrial sector for national development and agriculture sector has encountered shortage of labour force due to seizure of farmland and natural disasters. She added that projects that are not necessary should be cancelled and money should be spent on long term investment like education and health. Representative Daw Khin Thanda of TadaU constituency said that it is important to give compensation and damages for confiscated land in order to successfully implement policies, measures and objectives of agriculture sector and state-run enterprises that are making losses should be handed over to the private sector for higher productivity and skills of workers. Representative U Kyi Tha of Gwa constituency said that 42.5 percent of Myanmar’s export earnings came from the sales of natural gas while 23.9 percent came from agriculture sector but industrial sector generated only 11 percent of export earnings. Emphasis should be placed on development of agriculture sector and industrial sector, he added, saying that it is important to get correct data and to link projects for the success of them. Representative U Tin Maung Oo of Shwepyitha Constituency said that it is important to collect more taxes to reduce inflation and deficit and to issue citizenship scrutiny cards in accordance with the law under Moe Pwint project. Representative U Thein Lwin of Chauk Constituency said that distribution of fuel oil is monopolized by private entrepreneurs who failed to lower the prices when oil prices fell down in the international market and it is important to open the market to others in order to allow competition. Representative Daw Dwe Bu of Ingyanyan Constituency said that it is important to cooperate for development of education and health sectors in areas of national races. Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session today approved the bills amending the mercantile customs act and inland customs act."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (68K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 March 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 25 February, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approves borrowing of loans from China Exim Bank for rural people
    Date of publication: 26 February 2015
    Description/subject: "The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw continued for the 18th day session, here, on Wednesday. Deputy Minister for Defence Maj-Gen Kyaw Nyunt that Myanmar’s Defence Ministry and Serbia plan to sign an agreement on bilateral cooperation in defence sector. The agreement is aimed at cooperating in defence and security policy, military business, science and technology, military education and training courses, military medical education and veterinary science and other sectors. Five MPs discussed borrowing of US$300 million from Chin Exim Bank to disburse loans to farmers and people so as to reduce poverty rate to 16 percent, disbursement of loans to rural people to spend it as capital in their works, contribution of cooperative business to development of State economy, and prospects of disbursing loans to rural people for enhancement of agriculture sector and their livelihoods. Union Minister for Cooperatives U Kyaw Hsan explained that borrowing of US$300 million from China Exim Bank will not be burden for the nation and it is not loans for the State to the Hluttaw. Members and cooperative societies are to pay back the loans to the China Exim Bank. Moreover, loans will be disbursed to the people depending on their businesses. Deputy Minister for Finance Dr Lin Aung said that Ministry of Cooperatives has submitted plans on borrowing the loans, paying back it to the lender and arrangements not to lose the loans to the Hluttaw. The ministries need to implement all projects by spending loans borrowed from China Exim Bank under arrangements of Cooperatives Ministry. Deputy Minister for National Planning and Economic Development Daw Lei Lei Thein said that Cooperatives Ministry adopted plans for 2014- 15 fiscal year to give microfinance services to the people, and the ministry will supervise the people to systematically pay back the loans. The Hluttaw approved borrowing of US$300 million from China Exim Bnak. Principals and projects of 2015-16 FY national planning bill will be discussed at the Hluttaw tomorrow."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (72K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 March 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 24 February, 2015: FDI in Myanmar hit $3.676 bn in April-Sept 2014
    Date of publication: 25 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 24 Feb — Chairman of Foreign Investment Commission U Zeyar Aung said foreign direct investment in Myanmar reached US$3.676 billion in the first half of 2014 fiscal year started in April. During 17th day of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session, MIC chairman said a total of 99 new foreign firms were allowed for investments with $3.584 billion and the four operating business companies were permitted for additional $92.786 million during this period. Investment amount of 22 new local firms account for K583.441 billion and $115.501 million, while the existing two businesses were allowed to add K3.828 billion and $0.38 million into their capitals, totaling K587.269 billion and $115.881 million. From the local investments, the total amount of taxes and land rentals will be K20.235 billion and $0.896 million each year. Among foreign direct investments, transportation sector stood first with 36.83 percent, followed by energy sector with 21.90 percent and property development with 16.95 percent. In local investments, property development reached 79.75 percent atop, construction sector at the second with 9.29 percent and industrial sector at the third with 4.81 percent. New foreign investors are from EU countries such as the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands and Sweden, with increasing investments from Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, India, Canada and Luxembourg. Regarding the message from the President U Thein Sein about $300 million loan from Exim Bank of China, Union Minister for Cooperatives U Kyaw Hsan said these loans will be used for micro-finance loans, agricultural items, tools for fishing farms and improvement of cooperative groups. He also said micro-finance loan programme could cover only 23,451 villages out of 63,983 villages across the country, accounted for K100, 000 for each rural family in average. Cooperatives Union Minister said the loans from Exim will be used $220 for members of cooperatives who have not received loans and $50 million for those who have got loans, plus over $30 million for installment sales of agricultural machines. He also noted that supports in these sector are believed to result in social and economic development of Myanmar people and help to reduce poverty rate of the country from 26 percent to 16 percent in 2015 in line with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (72K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 March 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 17 February, 2015: MPs seek clear instructions of central committee Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on land reallocation processes
    Date of publication: 18 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 17 Feb — Land Utilization Management Central Committee clarified the body’s progress to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw after listening to the investigation report of Joint Bill Committee on business permits for coastal and inland transport which is a conflict issue between the two Hluttaws. Deputy minister Brigadier General Kyaw Zan Myint, secretary of Land Utilization Management Central Committee, presented the progress of land reallocation schemes with the supporting sub-committees at respective areas. The central committee has implemented the instruction of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to return the confiscated lands to the owners after informing public through media. Brigadier General Kyaw Zan Myint also said the committee handed over the lands released by government ministries and private firms to original owners, and they have been informed to reclaim their lands with ownership documents. U Khaing Maung Yi, a member of Yangon Region Farmland Investigation Commission, suggested Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s investigation commission and Land Utilization Management Central Committee should meet to solve remaining problems. U Kyaw Myint, a member of Yangon Region Farmland Investigation Commission, also said mismanagement of land investigation bodies at village and township levels, asking clear instructions of central committee. Pyidaungsu Hluttaw kept the records secretary of Land Utilization Management Central Committee."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (66K)
    Date of entry/update: 22 February 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 16 February, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw condemn individuals and armed groups affiliated with Kokang renegades and honours the Tatmadaw
    Date of publication: 17 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 16 Feb — Pyidaungsu Hluttaw strongly criticized and expressed disapproval of individuals and armed groups affiliated with Kokang renegade groups which are launching attacks in Laukkai area, Shan state, honouring the government troops who are protecting sovereignty and territory of the country. The bicameral supported a proposal of U Stephen, an MP from Kengtung Township constituency, to object Kokang renegade groups which are also attacking civilians, security forces and government troops with the supports of other armed groups. U Stephen said Kokang renegades led by U Phon Kya Shin launched attacks to a military base in Konekyan area, headquarters of Kokang Self-Administrated Zone, Se-aw detention centre, police station in Yan Lone Kyaine and Laukkai station on February 8. He also noted that attacks of Kokang renegade groups are tantamount to threatening stability of Laukkai area and sovereignty of the country. Later, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approved report of Joint Public Accounts Committee findings and remarks on Budget Report 4/2015 that clarified the budget in the first half of 2014-2015 fiscal year sent by Union Government Office. The Speaker of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw read out the verdict of Constitutional Tribunal of the Union that remarked white cardholders are ineligible to vote in referendum on amendment of State Constitution as per Section 4, sub-section (a) of Section 38 and Section 391. As a conclusion, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discussed Report of Planning and Financial Development Joint Committee about the first six months of 2014-2015 fiscal year."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (72K)
    Date of entry/update: 22 February 2015


    Title: PyidaungsuHluttaw 10 February, 2015: Detention and Contrition Act amendment bill put on record
    Date of publication: 11 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 10 Feb — The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session on Tuesday placed on record a bill that amends the Detention and Contrition Act of 1961 which is assumed to be approved by parliament. The two parliaments hold different opinions on a bill concerned with the protection of the rights for national races, which came under discussion and sought the approval of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (60K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 5 February, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session goes on for twelfth day
    Date of publication: 06 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 5 Feb — Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session continued for twelfth day on Thursday with the presentations of Union Budget report for the first six month of 2014-2015 FY by Union ministers. Union Minister for Finance U Win Shein explained budgetary matters in the six months of the current fiscal year and activities of the some ministries and departments that spend less and more than the proposed budgets. Union Minister for National Planning and Economic Development Dr Kan Zaw also clarified national planning report for the first six month of 2014- 2015 FY, explaining the country’s GDP rate, investments in state, private and cooperative sectors, macroeconomic development in the country and foreign aid. Next, parliamentarians held discussions on the report of the Joint Public Account Committee regarding findings of the Office of the Auditor-General of the Union on 2013-2014 Union Budget."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (66K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 3 February 2015: MPs debate on drafting tax reform bill
    Date of publication: 04 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 3 Feb— Pyidaungsu Hluttaw debated tax reform plan proposed by MP Daw Tin Nwe Oo of Dagon Myothit (North) constituency, before discussion of parliamentarians about national referendum bill on the amendment of 2008 State Constitution. Daw Tin Nwe Oo said taxation of Internal Revenue Department should meet the practices of Income Tax Law, urging to draft a bill on taxation which needs to be discussed at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw after writing rules and regulations by the Union government. Union Minister for Finance U Win Shein said the ministry is trying to levy taxes in accordance with international norms, and is drawing rules and regulations to cover all the processes of the ministry. Pyidaungsu Hluttaw took records on the discussions of income tax law. Five members of parliament also discussed report of Public Accounts Joint Committee that revealed the findings of budgets in the second-six months of 2013-2014 fiscal year, rejections and actions. U Tin Maung Oo, an MP of Shwe Pyi Thar Township constituency, said tender invitation processes by union government and state/region government are taking too long, while the allocated funds are kept at the banks before taking out money for misuse, adding that the money is drawn out beyond a certain budget. U Thein Swe, an MP of Ayeyawady region constituency, urged to prevent misuse of public funds, quoting the report of Public Accounts Joint Committee. Union Minister U Win Shein and U Myo Myint, deputy Auditor-General at the Office of Auditor-General of the Union explained the working processes. Pyidaungsu Hluttaw also accepted the report presented by U Maung Tow, Secretary of Public Accounts Joint Committee. The second report of the committee about the findings on development funds of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw for 2013-2014 fiscal year was also presented to Pyidaungsu Hluttaw."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 2 February, 2014: MPs debate referendum bill and suffrage of white card holders
    Date of publication: 03 February 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 2 Feb— Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discussed national referendum bill on constitution amendment and debated voting rights of white card holders, before presenting a report of Public Accounts Joint Committee at the start of session Monday. Tatmataw MP Lieutenant Colonel Ye Naing Oo suggested if Pyidaungsu Hluttaw assigned Union Election Commission for holding national referendum, it translated Hluttaw is dominating the election body, urging for independent decisions of the commission. During a debate on voting rights of white card holders, U Shwe Maung, an MP of Buthidaung Township constituency, said if the holders of temporary identification documents are not allowed to vote, a total of 1.5 million people in the country will lose the voting rights. U Sai Paung Nup, an MP of Shan State, said many mountain tribes in far-flung areas do not have national identification cards, likely to lose voting rights while their citizen scrutinizing process is very difficult. He support the remark of President U Thein Sein that temporary identification documents are enough for white card holders to vote. Opposing President’s remark, Daw Khin Saw Wai, an MP of Yathedaung Township constituency, said white card holders are not entitled to privileges of citizenship to get voting rights in important matters, especially in sovereignty of the country, saying that the remark is contrary to international citizenship laws. U Tun Aung Kyaw, representative of Ponnagyun Township constituency, said temporary identification card holders are noncitizens, and cannot get voting rights in national referendum."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (67K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 30 January, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw receives international recognition for its four-year commitment to legislation: Speaker
    Date of publication: 31 January 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 30 Jan — Parliament has written success stories in passing legislations and practising check and balance policies over the past four years with recognition at home and abroad, the speaker told the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on its fourth anniversary here on Friday, officials said. The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw could introduce 133 laws in its 11 sessions in four years, with 15 laws in 2011 including the Private Schools Registration Law and the Peaceful Gathering and Demonstration Law. In 2012, it passed 24 laws, some of which included the Union National Planning Law, the Union Budget Law, the Foreign Investment Law, the Foreign Currencies Management Law and the Farmland Law. The parliament succeeded in passing a legislation that approved K30,000 of monthly benefits each to all government workers in its third regular session and K20,000 in 2013 and 2014. There were 37 laws passed in 2013, some of which were the Anti-corruption Law and the Myanmar Investment Law, with two additional approvals for the announcement of emergency state in Meiktila and the formation of a joint study commission for employers and employees rights. The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw formed the Myanmar Parliamentary Union in a bid to facilitate its cooperation and coordination with Region/State parliaments, as well as an investigation commission on land seizures in a bid to do justice to affected people. In 2014, the parliament enacted 57 laws including the Myanmar Special Economic Zone Law, and formed a committee to draft a law on constitutional amendment. Regarding international relations, the speaker said Myanmar joined the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in 2011 and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership in 2012. According to the speaker, 94 visits to seminars and parliamentary sessions abroad alongside training courses and workshops at home boosted the capacity of Myanmar parliamentarians and staff and widened their scope of knowledge. He called for strenuous efforts to implement remaining tasks of drafting bills and passing laws in the interest of the entire population. Members of Union- level commissions briefed on the national planning bill for the 2015- 2016 fiscal year and the union budget bill for 2015. The Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Mines, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and the Office of the Attorney-General of the Union elaborated on their budget spending. The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approved a proposal returned by the President U Thein Sein for a loan of 24.678 billion yen from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the Ministry of Electric Power. The Hluttaw had a report read out of the findings on development funds of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw for 2013-2014 FY, which was returned by the Office of the Auditor-General of the Union."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (72K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 29 January, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discusses 2015-16 FY national planning bill, 2015 union budget bill
    Date of publication: 30 January 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay PYi Taw, 29 Jan — Members of Union level organizations explained matters related to the 2015- 16 fiscal year national planning bill and the 2015 union budget bill at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s eighth day session on Thursday. Union Minister for Health Dr Than Aung explained the ministry demanded K407.5 billion of ordinary expenditure and K349.9 billion of capital expenditure to spend the two-third of budget on providing medical treatment to the people and the one-third of budget on extension of building. The ministry plans to spend K37 billion on cost of medical treatment for over 900,000 government service personnel. The medical treatment for the people will include basic package and benefit package. Member of Constitutional Tribunal of the Union U Tin Myint sought approval from the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw for K0.050 million ordinary income, K774.97 million of ordinary expenditure and K4.4 million of capital expenditure for the tribunal. Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint said that the ministry will carry out tasks spending K44.049 billion on capital expenditure, K33.713 billion on construction, K8.209 billion on machine and machinery and K2.126 billion on other expenditure. The ministry earmarked to get K16.955 billion from four kinds of tax. The ministry will spend K241.968 billion on ordinary expenditure, K44.049 billion on capital expenditure and K32.803 billion on Fire Services Department. Deputy Minister for Religious Affairs Dr Maung Maung Htay reported that the ministry will spend K12,810.611 million of ordinary expenditure and K1565.496 million of capital expenditure on the minister’s office, Religious Affairs Department, Department for Promotion and Propagation of the Sasana and International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University and sought the approval of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 28 January, 2015: Union ministers highlights budgets for projects in 2014-15 and 2015-16 FY
    Date of publication: 29 January 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 28 Jan —The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw continued for the seventh day, here, on Wednesday. With regard to Japanese Yen 24.678 billion loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency- JICA, Union Minister for Electric Power U Khin Maung Soe explained that the ministry will borrow Yen 24.678 billion from JICA for construction of two 500KV power stations in Meiktila and Toungoo with 0.01 percent interest per year. The loan must be paid back in 40 years. The power station project will supply more electricity to the nation and contribute to economic development of the State. It will be a part of electricity network in ASEAN and Greater Mekong Subregion. The speaker invited MPs to enlist for discussion of loans. Regarding the projects in the 2015-2016 national planning bill and the 2015 union budget bill, Union Minister for Information U Ye Htut explained the budget proposal for changing analogue to digital system and extension of new TV channels of Myanma Radio and Television, responsibility of Information and Public Relations Department for public relations and supervising laws and rules related to the Ministry of Information, promotion of Myanmar motion picture arena, publishing of aesthetic and general knowledge books in Myanmar and English languages, and process of News and Periodical Enterprise to practise public service media, reasons for lower budget proposal and profits of News and Periodicals Enterprise and Printing and Publishing Enterprise in 2013-14 and 2014-15 FY. Union Minister for Transport U Nyan Tun Aung reported on foreign loans and assistance for development of aviation sector, the plans of the ministry to cooperate with private investors through JV, BOT and PPP systems, financial reports of departments under the ministry in 2015-16 FY, maintenance of waterways, upgrading of jetties and ports, monitoring of natural disasters and airport projects. Union Minister for Culture U Aye Myint Kyu explained implementation of projects and financial reports, budget proposal for implementation of policy and aims, budget affairs in 2014-15 and 2015-16 fiscal year and plans to spend capital expenditure on projects. Deputy Minister for Environmental Conservation and Forestry U Aye Myint Maung elaborated on projects in 2015-16 FY, budget and loan affairs, cooperation with international community to develop forestry sector, plans for establishment of forest plantations, tasks for University of Forestry and greening the dry zones."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (73K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 27 January, 2015: Ministries concerned make presentation of projects, budgetary matters to Hluttaw
    Date of publication: 28 January 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 27 Jan — The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw held sixth day session on Tuesday, with Union-level members from ministries concerned making the presentation of projects and budgetary matters included in National Planning Bill for 2015-2016 FY and 2015 Union Budget Bill. Deputy Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development Dr Aung Myat Oo clarified works to be done for meat and fish production and targets, rural infrastructure development focusing on road and bridge construction, community-based building, water supply and sanitation, electrification, sustainable career development and promotion of livestock breeding sector. In his presentation, Deputy Minister for Communications and Information Technology U Win Than explained matters related to revenue and expenditure, loan and the ministry’s aim to increase the countrywide telephone density from 75 percent to 80 percent in 2015-2016 FY. Highlighting the procedures that support effective resource allocation and taxation, Union Minister for Finance U Win Shein reported on abolition of financial rules and regulations which are unsuitable to the present situation, measures for developing the banking system of Myanmar Economic Bank, the ministry’s budget for 2015-2016 FY and foreign loans and interests. Deputy Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security U Htin Aung also presented the ministry’s budgetary matters including capital expenditure for the purchase of construction materials and machinery. The seventh day session continues tomorrow."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (68K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 26 January, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discusses 2015 Union Budget Bill
    Date of publication: 27 January 2015
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 26 Jan— Pyidaungsu Hluttaw convened its fifth-day meeting Monday, with keeping records on separate funds of development projects in the message sent by President under 2014 Union Budget Bill, and discussing 2015 Union Budget Bill submitted by Ministry of Finance. President U Thein Sein’s message to Pyidaungsu Hluutaw included the use of K12.044 billion from separate funds for 12 projects— each one by Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Border Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development, Ministry of Construction, Mandalay region government, and Rakhine region government; together with two projects of Shan state government and three projects of Ayeyawaddy region government. U Win Shein, Union Minister for Finance, submitted 2015 Union Budget Bill that emphasized on taxation policy. The proposed bill suggested to promote tax-to- GDP ratio, expansion of basic tax, systematic scrutinizing on tax exemption and tax reduction processes. Regarding government expense policy, the bill mentioned increasing expenses in education and education, prioritizing the immediate effective projects for public, systematic appointment of civil service staff, suspension of less-effective projects, salary increment for government employees, rural development programmes, power supply and water for households and agriculture. Finance minister also submitted the estimated Union Budget for 2015- 2016 fiscal year, based on incomes of union-level departments, as well as foreign grants and loans. He discussed salary increment for government staff and K37.492 billion for free medical treatment for them, with suggestion of K2901.763 billion for the salaries of civil service employees in 2015-2016 fiscal year. The bill also elaborated macroeconomic situations of the State for 2015- 2016 fiscal year, targeted rates for national production and service sectors, economic development, inflation, export volume, import volume, total trade volume, trade deficit and exchange rates. The chapter of Public Finance and Management Reform System explained collaborations among Ministry of Finance, Hluttaw Public Accounts Committee, Office of Auditor-general of the Union, Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and Asia Development Bank, as well as development partner organizations from the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and Australia. National Planning Bill for 2015-2016 fiscal year, including projects and budgets under 2015 Union Budget Bill were discussed by officials from President’s Office, Union Government’ Office, Office of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, Office of Amyotha Hluttaw, Ministry of Defence Services, Union Election Commission, Office of Auditor- general of the Union, Office of Union Civil Services Board, Nay Pyi Taw Council and Nay Pyi Taw Development Committee."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (70K)
    Date of entry/update: 14 February 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 23 January, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approves signing agreement on establishing ASEAN tourism secretariat, JICA loan
    Date of publication: 24 January 2015
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 23 Jan — Pyidaungsu Hluttaw approved proposals of the government to sign the agreement on establishing a regional secretariat for mutual recognition of ASEAN tourism experts and to receive Yen 10.5 billion loan for the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology from JICA on Friday. For signing the regional secretariat, Deputy Minister for Hotels and Tourism Dr Tin Shwe explained the benefits to be enjoyed form signing the agreement including enhanced capacity, competitiveness, cooperation for tourism promotion, lower restrictions, promotion of ASEAN region into a destination with international standards, development of tourism and services and human resources development. Then, the Hluttaw session approved the proposal. Afterwards, two representatives discussed receiving the loan from the JICA before Deputy Minister for Communications and Information Technology U Thaung Tin explained the arrangements. Later, the Hluttaw session approved the loan.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (69K)
    Date of entry/update: 27 January 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 22 January, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discusses messages of president on national education law
    Date of publication: 23 January 2015
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 22 Jan — The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discussed the messages of the president on the national education law and six-party talks on Thursday. Secretary of Joint Bill Committee U Saw Hla Tun read out the findings of the committee on the message. The committee recommended amending the national education law, adding that the contents of the message on the law are comprehensive and contribute to stability and peaceful learning environment and the Ministry of Education should come up with the amendment bill as soon as possible. Then, the secretary read out the response of the speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to the president’s message on six-party talks. The response to the message urges the president to hold the first found of six-party talks in order to develop the framework and future tasks of the talks as soon as possible. Afterwards, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session discussed the bill amending the law on salaries and emoluments of Hluttaw representatives sent back with remarks by the president and approved the bill as recommended by the joint bill committee. Later, a member of the committee read out the bill for holding a national referendum for amending the 2008 state constitution and invited representatives to take part in the discussion at next sessions
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (64K)
    Date of entry/update: 27 January 2015


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 20 January, 2015: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discuss Japanese loans, Chemical Weapons Convention
    Date of publication: 21 January 2015
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 20 Jan — The twelfth regular session of first Pyidaungsu Hluttaw convened Tuesday and discussed about borrowing10.500 billion yen loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency, and membership application of Myanmar for Chemical Weapons Convention. U Thaung Tin, deputy minister for Communications and Information Technology, explained the Japanese loan will be spent on telecommunication infrastructure and upgrading Internet connection in six different categories— installation of equipment for Yangon-Nay Pyi Taw-Mandalay fiber network; extension of fiber network in Yangon; setting up metro fiber equipment; expanding bandwidth of national gateway for international communication; upgrading IPv 4 internet system to IPv 6; establishing telecommunication infrastructure at Thilawa Special Economic Zone. The deputy minister added that while mobile telecommunication services are being operated by private companies, the state will operate landline and fax, banking network and special economic zone which need tight security in line with the standards of ITU/APNIC. JICA’s interest rate is 0.1 percent with a 10-year suspension period and 40- year term of settlement. Regarding the message of President U Thein Sein on membership application of Chemical Weapons Convention, Deputy Minister U Tin Oo Lwin for foreign affairs made explanation. The Convention aims to eliminate an entire category of weapons of mass destruction by prohibiting the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention, transfer or use of chemical weapons by States Parties. States Parties, in turn, must take the steps necessary to enforce that prohibition in respect of persons (natural or legal) within their jurisdiction. U Tin Oo Lwin said Myanmar has been a signatory to Biological Weapons Convention after the country has submitted applications at Geneva, Switzerland, on 1 December 2014 for membership to the representatives of the United States, the United Kingdom and Russia which are the founding members of the treaty. The CWC comprises a Preamble, 24 Articles, and 3 Annexes—the Annex on Chemicals, the Verification Annex, and the Confidentiality Annex. The Convention aims to eliminate an entire category of weapons of mass destruction by prohibiting the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention, transfer or use of chemical weapons by States Parties. States Parties, in turn, must take the steps necessary to enforce that prohibition in respect of persons (natural or legal) within their jurisdiction. All States Parties have agreed to disarm by destroying any stockpiles of chemical weapons they may hold and any facilities which produced them, as well as any chemical weapons they abandoned on the territory of other States Parties in the past. States Parties have also agreed to create a verification regime for certain toxic chemicals and their precursors in order to ensure that such chemicals are only used for purposes not prohibited. One-hundred and ninety states have given their consent to be bound by the CWC. Myanmar and Israel have signed but not yet ratified the treaty and four states—Angola, North Korea, Egypt, and South Sudan— have not accede to the treaty. State parties have destroyed 72,524 metric tonnes of chemical weapons accounted for 84.95 percent in the world. Deputy Minister U Tin Oo Lwin said Myanmar’s aspiration to apply for membership of CWC would be a gesture of protection against chemical not only in Asian region, but global community. Membership of CWC will take effect after 30 days of application to UN Secretary-General. U Tin Oo Lwin made a conclusion remark that CWC membership will benefit Myanmar through industrial sector, and a good impression of international community for global peace. Pyidaungsu Hluttaw agreed application for membership of CWC.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyithu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (75MB)
    Date of entry/update: 27 January 2015


  • Pyidaungsu Hluttaw: Meetings in 2014

    Individual Documents

    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 27 November, 2014: [incl. upgrading fisheries & livestock breeding in Rakhine State + harm to livelihoods and the environment caused by construction of buildings + Electoral Risk Management Tool]
    Date of publication: 28 November 2014
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (64K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 December 2014


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 26 November, 2014: [Taxes, increase in salaries of civil sevants (incl. police) and release of approved bylaws/regulations]
    Date of publication: 27 November 2014
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (124K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 December 2014


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 26 November, 2014: [Taxes, increase in salaries of civil sevants (incl. police) and release of approved bylaws/regulations]
    Date of publication: 27 November 2014
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (124K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 December 2014


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 25 November, 2014: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw accepts proposal for six party round - table talks [on amendment of the Constitution]
    Date of publication: 26 November 2014
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (125K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 December 2014


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 24 November, 2014: Debate on constitutional amendment continues at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
    Date of publication: 25 November 2014
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (125K)
    Date of entry/update: 01 December 2014


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 21 November, 2014: Discussions on constitutional reform continue at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
    Date of publication: 22 November 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 21 Nov —The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Friday approved an agre: ement to be signed between Myanmar and Russia to cooperate in military intelligence, followed by discussions on a report submitted by a committee responsible for the implementation of constitutional change. U Than Nwe of Budalin constituency suggested that decentralization will promise individual states and regions control over Discussions on constitutional reform continue at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw their own affairs, a federalism demanded by ethnic parties, calling for a constitutional change so that states and regions parliaments will enjoy the right to elect their regional chiefs. Dr Win Myint Aung of Sagaing Region constituency- 4 said that ideologies and policies keep changing in the world, hinting that the constitution should be amended in a way that will ensure a win-win situation. U Steven Tha Beit of Chin State constituency-4 called the constitution the lifeblood of the nation but pointed out the need to change undemocratic sections, citing the changing patterns of the country’s political, economic and social settings as well as of international relations. U Khin Maung Win of Lanmadaw constituency said that the constitution is meant to safeguard and promote the interests of the ruled, noting that a constitution is a political pact reached between the ruler and the ruled. He added that constitutional amendments should take into consideration political and economic reforms, national reconciliation and ethnic conflicts.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (134K)
    Date of entry/update: 24 November 2014


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 20 November, 2014: Constitutional amendments debated at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
    Date of publication: 21 November 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 20 Nov — The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Thursday continued its debate on the report of the Constitutional Amendment Implementation Committee. Defence Services Personnel Representative Lt- Col Moe Kyaw Oo was against conferring powers for defence, security, foreign affairs and finance to states and regions, arguing that new laws enacted by states and regions may contradict one another and this may undermine national unity. Representative Daw Phyu Phyu Thin of Mingala Taungnyunt Constituency said that a constitution that is simple and easy to understand helps the public and contributes to the stability of the country. Representative U Salai Khwe Yan of Chin State Constituency-12 said that a solution must be sought through negotiations in the interests of the nation amidst challenges and that section 436 of the constitution should be open to amendment. The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw is debating the report until 25 November.—MNA
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (124K)
    Date of entry/update: 24 November 2014


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hlutaw 19 November, 2014: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw continues debate on constitution
    Date of publication: 20 November 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 19 Nov — The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session on Wednesday continued its debate on the report of the Constitutional Amendment Implementation Committee. Representative U Myat Ko of Sagaing Region Constituency- 12 was in favour of the system of appointing union ministers and deputy ministers from parliamentary representatives, saying that only then will the union ministers and deputy ministers be able to work in the interests of the people. Representative Daw Khin Thanda of Tada-U Constituency said that it is necessary to draw a timetable to undertake amendments of the constitution in six months ahead of the 2015 general elections by enacting a law. She highlighted that today, all are to focus on peace and democracratization of the nation by setting aside their interests. All the citizens have the rights to enjoy the rights of fair and standardized democracy. Defence Services Personnel Representative Lt- Col Thein Htut preferred conferring some legislative powers to state and region governments to contribute to equality and national unity of ethnic national races while another defence services personnel representative, Lt-Col Pe Kyaing, said he was against the insertion of the phrase “with the consent of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw” into Section 40 (c) of the constitution as doing so could hinder the commander in chief of defence services from exercising his powers in a state of emergency conferred by provisions of the constitution. Daw Mi Myint Than of Ye Constituency encouraged the representatives to amend Section 436 of the constitution while Representative Dr Aye Maung of Rakhine State Constituency- 1the representatives to try their best for emerging a constitution which is the most suitable to this day.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (136K)
    Date of entry/update: 24 November 2014


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 18 November, 2014: MPs suggest constitutional change for national stability, development and reconciliation
    Date of publication: 19 November 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 18 Nov — The Pyiduangsu Hluttaw on Tuesday discussed the report submitted by a committee responsible for the implementation and amendment of the constitution. Daw Sanda Min of the Zabyuthiri constituency said that constitutional change is not a one-time matter and it needs amending step by step, adding that the purpose of constitutional amendment is to reinforce national reconciliation rather than instigating conflicts. She called for greater cooperation in changing the constitution within the framework of the law to ensure a better future of the country. U Sai Kyaw Zaw Than of the Shan State constituency- 2 pointed out that the report should be discussed with a focus on national stability and development, national integrity, national reconciliation and rule of law. Col Hla Win Aung, a defence services personnel representative, noted that amending the constitution is unavoidable as public desires change with the passage of time, adding that the constitution should be changed in national and public interests in line with the law, if any of its sections or articles limits the efficiency and freedom of executive, legislative and judicial branches. U Naing Ngan Lin of the Dekkhinathiri constituency expressed his belief that constitutional change will help the democratic system take shape, thereby propelling internal peace processes. He called for a compromise solution to national reconciliation and mutual understanding and trust. U Myint Tun of the Bago Region constituency- 10 suggested an increased role of people and their representatives in constitutional amendment.
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (124K)
    Date of entry/update: 24 November 2014


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 14 November, 2014: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw raises objection to UNSG’s use of “Rohingya”
    Date of publication: 15 November 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 14 Nov — The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session on Friday unanimously approved an emergency motion calling on the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to object to the use of the term “Rohingya” by UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon as it interfered with the sovereignty of Myanmar. The motion was put forward by Representative U Thein Nyunt of Thingangyun Township Constituency and seconded by Representative Daw Khin Saw Wai of Yathedaung Township Constituency. U Thein Nyunt said that under international law, all should respect the law of a host country and the UN secretary-general should not have used the word “Rohingya,” as the people it refers to have never existed officially in Myanmar and are not Myanmar citizens, adding that this might harm the stability of the democratic transition. Daw Khin Saw Wai also said that the use of the word hampers the stability between the Rakhine nationals and the Bengalis, explaining that there is no such race as “Rohingya” in Myanmar. The motion was unanimously approved by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw. The UN secretary-general used the word at a press conference held at Myanmar International Convention Centre in Nay Pyi Taw on 12 November. Also Friday, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session approved the Myanmar Aviation Bill and a bill for medical treatment for emergency patients.—MNA Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar, 2014-11-15
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (191K)
    Date of entry/update: 24 November 2014


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw 10 November, 2014: Hluttaw approves Myanmar signatory in Basel Convention
    Date of publication: 11 November 2014
    Description/subject: "Nay Pyi Taw, 10 Nov— Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Monday approved Myanmar is to join the Basel Convention as a signatory like the other nine ASEAN member countries. The Basel Convention on the Control of Trans-boundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal was adopted in March 1989 by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries in Base, Switzerland. This international treaty was designed to reduce movements of hazardous waste between nations and to prevent transfer of hazardous waste from developed to less developed countries. During its 22th day session of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw also discussed allotment of additional union budget for 2014-2015 fiscal year, with explanation of Union Minister for Finance U Win Shein on the projects which will need more budgets. The union ministers also held discussions on the use of budgets for this fiscal year. U Win Than, representative of Thabaung Township constituency submitted his objection to the release of Pyiduangsu Hluttaw on the announcement of treasury sanctions of the United States against Pyithu Hluttaw representative U Aung Thaung on 31 October. U Win Than said that this Executive Order (E.O.) 13448 has tarnished the efforts of Myanmar parliament and parliamentarians on peace-making efforts, national reconciliation and rule of laws, as well as the bilateral relationship between the two countries. The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw accepted his objection, and decided to make further release on it."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (48K)
    Date of entry/update: 24 November 2014


    Title: Representatives divided on purchase of farm machinery in installments from South Korea
    Date of publication: 31 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 30 Oct — "Pyidaungsu Hluttaw representatives had different opinions on purchase of farm machinery worth of US$ 100 million from Daedong Industrial Co, Ltd of South Korea..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (48K)
    Date of entry/update: 08 November 2014


    Title: Representative discuss additional budget at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
    Date of publication: 30 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 29 Oct — "Representatives discussed the additional budget for 2014-15 fiscal year at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Session on Wednesday..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (48K)
    Date of entry/update: 08 November 2014


    Title: Ministries elaborate on reasons for more budget allocations
    Date of publication: 29 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 28 Oct- "A new budget allocation bill came under discussion at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw here on Tuesday, with union ministers and deputy ministers clarifying the principle of the bill and its initial debates on why their ministries need additional budgets..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (64K)
    Date of entry/update: 08 November 2014


    Title: Union ministers explain budgets and tasks of ministries at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
    Date of publication: 28 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 27 Oct— "Union ministers and deputy ministers explained the matters related to the additional budget for 2014- 15 fiscal year at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Session on Monday. Union Minister for Finance U Win Shein explained the nature of original budget estimates and amended budget estimates, additional budgets, the duty and rights of the financial commission, procedures of budgets and additional budgets, management of public finance, financial policy, economic growth, government spending and requirements to include loans that have not been approved by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in the budget. Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Brig-Gen Kyaw Zan Myint briefed the representatives on financial management of the ministry and measures taken for transforming the Myanmar Police Force into a modern people’s police force..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (59K)
    Date of entry/update: 08 November 2014


    Title: Additional budget allocations come under discussion at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw
    Date of publication: 25 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 24 Oct — "The framework and fundamentals of the additional budget allocations bill for the 2014-2015 fiscal year came under discussion at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw on Friday. Daw Sanda Min, a representative of the Zabuthiri constituency, said that the attempt to ask for enormous amounts of budget allocations for the second time is likely to harm the budget rigidity, stating that allocations and appropriations are in unanticipated amounts and putting the blame on lack of scrutiny in the first budget allotment."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (59K)
    Date of entry/update: 08 November 2014


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw speaker urges representatives to debate constitutional amendment with positive attitude
    Date of publication: 23 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 22 Oct - "Debating the constitutional amendment with goodwill will lead to good results, the speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw told Pyidaungsu Hluttaw representatives at the Hluttaw session on Wednesday..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (48K)
    Date of entry/update: 08 November 2014


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to discuss bills
    Date of publication: 16 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 15 Oct— "At the Pyidaungsu Hlutaw Session on Wednesday, the Bill Committee of the Hluttaw reported their reviews on two bills sent back from the president with remarks including the Amendment Bill of Constitutional Tribunal Law (2014) and the electricity bill..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (405K)
    Date of entry/update: 10 November 2014


    Title: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw discusses legal protection for two Myanmar nationals accused of murder in Thailand and peace process
    Date of publication: 14 October 2014
    Description/subject: Nay Pyi Taw, 13 Oct - "The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Session on Monday discussed human rights and legal protection for two Myanmar nationals accused of murdering two tourists in Thailand and the progress of the peace process in Myanmar and international assistance for it..."
    Language: English
    Source/publisher: Pyidaungsu Hluttaw via "The Global New Light of Myanmar"
    Format/size: pdf (568K)
    Date of entry/update: 10 November 2014