Work coordination meeting of National Convention Convening Commission,

Work Committee and Management Committee held

 

YANGON, 19 April - A work coordination meeting of the National Convention Convening Commission, Work Committee and Management Committee was held in the Pyidaungsu Hall in Nyaunghnapinkwin in Hmawby Township this morning.

 

Present were Chairman of National Convention Convening Commission Secretary-2 of the State Peace and Development Council Lt-Gen Thein Sein, members of the commission, Chairman of the National Convention Convening Work Committee Chief Justice U Aung Toe, members of the Work Committee, Chairman of Management Committee Auditor-General Maj-Gen Lun Maung and members.

 

Joint Secretary of the National Convention Convening Commission Maj-Gen Khin Aung Myint of the Ministry of Defence acted as master of ceremonies.

 

Chairman of National Convention Convening Commission Secretary-2 Lt-Gen Thein Sein delivered an address.

 

He said it was the second meeting of the National Convention Convening Commission, Work Committee and Management Committee to discuss work done, being done and to be done relating to the National Convention.

 

The first meeting was held in the Pyidaungsu Hall in Kyaikkasan Grounds on 16 February 2004. Regarding the National Convention, tasks to be undertaken were laid down and duties were assigned, he said.

 

Tasks on the National Convention laid down at the first meeting were implemented and measures were also undertaken. The National Convention will be held at Nyaung-hnapinkwin on 17 May 2004 and there is only a month left to hold the National Convention, he said.

 

Within a month, he said, the commission, work committee and management committee are to discuss work done and being done and measures to be taken when the National Convention is in progress. After accepting the guidance of high-ranking officials of the State, necessary buildings such as Convention hall, meeting halls for group discussion, hostels the mess, hospital, gymnasiums, canteens and recreation centres were constructed in Nyaunghnapinkwin.

 

The list of the delegates to the National Convention was scrutinized and selected and invitations were sent to the delegates beginning 7 April. The government has sanctioned financial allotments, he added. The National Convention is to be reconvened after it was adjourned in 1996.

 

There will be eight groups- delegates of political parties, delegates of representatives-elect, delegates of national races, delegates of peasants, delegates of workers, delegates of intellectuals and intelligentsia, delegates of State service personnel and other invited delegates.

 

The groups include delegates representing the majority of the national races.

 

He said the National Convention will be held in accord with the procedures on holding of the National Convention announced by the National Convention Convening Commission and six objectives of the National Convention. He urged the work committee and management committee to make necessary arrangements for the convenience of the delegates.

 

Secretary of National Convention Convening Commission Minister for Information Brig-Gen Kyaw Hsan reported on invitation sent to the delegates, accommodation, welfare and requirements of the delegates, arrangements for documentary photos and publication of books and arrangements for successful holding of the National Convention.

 

Chairman of the National Convention Convening Work Committee Chief Justice U Aung Toe reported on work done by the committee, Chairman of Management Committee Auditor-General Maj-Gen Lun Maung on work done and requirements. A general round of discussions followed.

 

Chairman of the Commission Secretary-2 Lt-Gen Thein Sein fulfilled the requirements. The meeting came to a close after concluding remarks by the chairman.

 

After the coordination meeting, Chairman of NCCC Secretary-2 of the State Peace and Development Council Lt-Gen Thein Sein and party inspected progress in preparations in Pyidaungsu Hall.

 

Chairman of NCCC Secretary-2 of the State Peace and Development Council Lt-Gen Thein Sein and party proceeded to the hostel for women delegates and inspected the meeting room, bed rooms, recreation hall and the mess hall.

 

Next, they looked into the GEC welfare shops, Winthuza shops of the Ministry of Industry-1. After that, Lt-Gen Thein Sein and party inspected beauty salon, photo studios, optical shops, public telephone booth, fax, E-mail and express mail services being opened there together with the welfare shops.

 

Later, the Secretary-2 and party arrived at the gymnasium and inspected construction of women's fitness centre, women's table tennis hall, men's fitness centre, men's table tennis hall, modern sports gear, arrangements being made for construction of badminton court.

 

Next, they arrived at the hospital being opened for the delegates and inspected patient wards, traditional medicine clinic, dental clinic, operation theatre, laboratory and medical store. After giving necessary instructions to officials, Lt-Gen Thein Sein and party left Nyaunghnapinkwin at 11 am where the National Convention will be held.

 

The National Convention will be convened in Nyaung-hnapinkwin beginning 17 May 2004. Hence, the respective committees and sub-committees are making necessary preparations. Arrangements have been made for the delegates to hold discussions in Pyidaungsu Hall at the same time. The health sub-committee office is being opened in the basement of Pyidaungsu Hall, the financial sub-committee on the first floor, the information sub-committee and the decoration sub-committee on the second floor and office of the National Convention Convening Management Committee on the third floor. Altogether 39 hostels for the delegates have already been built.

 

In each hostel there are eight bed rooms each of which can accommodate four delegates and each bedroom is provided with a bathroom and toilet. Each bedroom has been facilitated with TV and VCD.

 

The delegates of political parties will hold discussions in Room-1 of the National Convention Convening Work Committee Office, the delegates of the representatives-elect in Room-2, the delegates of peasants in Room-4, the delegates of workers in Room-5, the delegates of intellectuals and intelligentsia in Room-6, the delegates of State service personnel in Room-7 and other invited delegates in Room-8. The delegates of national races will hold discussions in Room-3 on the right side of Pyidaungsu Hall.

 

Shops are kept open at Nyaunghnapinkwin to enable the delegates to the National Convention to buy household utensils, foodstuff, stationery and other general goods at affordable prices.

 

At the shop of Yangon Division Government Employees Cooperatives (GEC), books and periodicals, consumers' goods, general items, textile, clothes, various kinds of books and periodicals and stationery.

 

Winthuza shop of the Ministry of Industry-1 also opens a shop there and put on sale in it clothes, foodstuff, medicines, ceramics, other general materials.

 

Besides the shops, studios for documentary photo, beauty salons, optical wares and optical clinics are also opened there.

 

Moreover, the Ministry of Communications, Posts and Telegraphs will provide mail and telegraph services for the delegates to the National Convention. The ministry will also provide the direct dial system for international and local calls.

 

Arrangements have been made for enabling the delegates to the National Convention to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. The mess hall-1 can accommodate 250 delegates at a time; the mess hall-2, 410; and the mess hall-3, 410. Staffed with specialists, surgeons, orthopedists, oculists and other physicians and installed with modern hospital equipment, one hospital is kept open to look after the health of the delegates. Traditional medicines are also available at the hospital.

 

One gymnasium measuring 120' x 90' x 36' was also constructed there to enable the delegates to do sports exercises.

 

In the gymnasium are four badminton courts, one body fitness hall equipped with modern sports gear where men and women can do exercises separately and one tennis court.

 

Theatres were also constructed for the evening recreation of the delegates.

 

Rice, edible oil, salt, beans and pulses and other dried foodstuff have been stored systematically.

 

Separate mess hall, bed-room, bathroom and water closet were also constructed for employees from respective ministries who will carry out their duties at the National Convention. Tea shops and cold drinks shops will also be opened for them there.

 

 

Source: "The New Light of Myanmar" 20 April 2004 (go to http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/NLM2004-04-20.pdf for the original, with photos of generals addressing the joint meeting, with captions, and the facilities prepared for the National Convention)