Vice President attends coordination meeting to hold 3rd Asia-Pacific Water Forum

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U Henry Van Thio, Vice President and Chairman of the National Water Resources Committee, gave a speech at the coordination meeting to hold the 3rd Asia-Pacific Water Forum which was held in the meeting room of the Presidential Palace yesterday morning in Nay Pyi Taw.

Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung, Yangon Mayor U Maung Maung Soe and officials also attended the meeting.

Vice President U Henry Van Thio told the meeting that the subject of Myanmar hosting the 3rd Asia-Pacific Water Forum was discussed and agreed at the Cabinet meeting number 8/2017 of the Union Government. He added that the 3rd Asia-Pacific Water Forum was a water related matter and the National Water Resources Committee and the Yangon Region government together with relevant ministerial departments and organizations would jointly hold the event.

It was important not only to hold the 3rd Asia-Pacific Water Forum, but necessary support should also be provided for future works of the National Water Resources Committee in continuing the rain water harvesting, reducing and mitigating flooding and inundation and controlling water pollution,  said the Vice President.

He went on to say that in addition to raising the country’s image and stature through holding the event, opportunities to learn from water specialists from around the world on all round management of water resources, reducing and mitigating effects of natural disasters, new techniques and ideas on water resource management and achieving water sufficiency in the region can be obtained and therefore all need to work jointly to hold the forum successfully.

Secretary of the National Water Resources Committee and Director-General of the Department of Water Resources and Rivers Development U Tun Tun Lwin then explained about works done to hold the Asia-Pacific water forum and works needed to be done from the Myanmar side at the first joint coordinating committee meeting.

Next, meeting attendees discussed by sectors on holding the 3rd Asia-Pacific Water Forum.
Afterwards, Chairman of the National Water Resources Committee Vice President U Henry Van Thio concluded the meeting after giving instructions to coordinate the work of different officials in charge of different sectors.

The Asia-Pacific Water Forum had been held once every six years starting from 2007 with the aim of assisting Heads of States in the region to resolve future challenges faced with regard to water sufficiency, increase international cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and cooperate with the host country to implement long term development aims. The first forum was held in Japan and the second forum was held in Thailand in 2013.

The 3rd Asia-Pacific Water Forum hosted by Myanmar will be held from 11 to 12 December 2017.