“I am a peaceful man now after the Asean,” said Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte upon his return this weekend from the Asean Summit in Laos.
“I don't want to pick a fight with any nation. I only want to be at peace with everybody. Doing business with everybody," he added.
The Myanmar government is trying to focus on generating electricity from cost-effective water resources to meet local demand for electricity.
The public does not accept the Myitsone dam project as a way to generate hydroelectric power from the Ayeyawady River, nor does it accept coal-fired power projects. When it comes to gas-fired power projects, gas from the existing projects is not enough for domestic consumption as it is being excessively produced for export purposes. Besides, natural gas has a high production cost.
I happened to read an article entitled "The Myitsone project and hydro-power project" written by Han Thar Myint in the August 22 issue of D Wave Journal.
A 500 billion political land mine and Myanmar’s gaping budget
Growth retardation of the agricultural sector connects too many aspects of economy issues such as lack of investment, lack of industrialization, obstacles in producing and distribution of goods, high unemployment rates, etc.
It is a high priority economic policy that the new government must endeavor to implement as the development of the agricultural sector directly influences rural development.
Two years ago, the question is asked to then President U Thein Sein and Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing whether they will keep holding on power. Back then, it was not easy to ask such a strong question. It can still be seen how strong and straightforward the question was. NLD and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi supporters need to understand we are doing our work. NLD government and its supporters need to expect criticisms and suggestions.
May 3 is the World Press Freedom Day. We usually tell Myanma Press Freedom Day. We did not have a change in Myanma press freedom arena within five years. Myanmar stands at ninth place in poor press freedom according to the CPJ. The Freedom House stated that Myanmar included in the list of countries that have not press freedom.