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President talks development, budgeting in Chin State

Burma's President Htin Kyaw, pictured during a visit to Chin State in February 2017. (Photo: Aung Ko Latt / DVB)

President Htin Kyaw this week acknowledged the country’s many development needs, saying the biggest obstacle to achieving these goals is money.

Speaking during a meeting attended by Union and state-level minsters, and other public officials at the No. 1 State High School in Hakha, Chin State, Htin Kyaw said he had travelled to the region to hear constituents’ needs and fulfill them to the best of his ability.

“As is the state’s duty, there are many things that need to be done,” he said.

“The same level of development should prevail across the country. More things need to be done where there is lesser development. Chin State is one of the areas to be focused on for development works.”

The “main obstacle” to development, he said, was money.

“Just as a family needs to calculate expenditures based on income, the state has to divide and distribute funds based on budget priorities,” Htin Kyaw added.

Chin State is one of the country’s poorest and least developed regions, with a population of about 479,000 as of the 2014 census.

The president has been visiting Chin State since 19 February for a series of public events surrounding Chin National Day, commemorated on 20 February.

Among other requests, Chin State locals asked Htin Kyaw to improve infrastructure, including the road linking Hakha, Mindat, Matupi and Paletwa, to expand the hospital in Hakha from 200 beds to 500 beds, and to establish a technological university in the state.