19 April 2019
Union Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win and on 13 April left for China to pay a friendly visit which aims for cooperation in forest and environmental conservation sectors.
The Union Minister and party first visited the Qiandao Aquarium which displays over 140 fish species and also exhibits history of fish breeding, culture, economics of fish breeding and research works.
They later toured around Qiandao Lake on a vessel where officials explained about environmental protection works, nature based tourism and fish breeding. They then visited Xin’an hydropower plant where officials explained about stages of generating hydroelectricity. Later in the day, the Union Minister and party left for Beijing.
On the 15th, the Union Minister and party arrived at State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) head office and met with officials who explained about Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of hydropower projects implemented in Myanmar, Ayeyawady River basin research, China’s environmental protection policy, laws and procedures, implementation of hydropower projects in China, hydro, solar and wind energy production with modern technologies, evaluation of impact on environment and socio-economy and clean energy development matters.
The Union Minister in return explained about Myanmar’s environmental protection policy, laws and procedures, natural resources management system, projects on maintaining eco-system in rivers and creeks and international cooperation.
Later in the day, the Union Minister and party arrived at Norinco Company, where the officials explained about the displays in the exhibition, environmental protection and socio-economic development works related to copper projects implemented in Myanmar and job opportunities for locals.
The Union Minister and party then went on to China Nonferrous Metal Mining (Group) head office where the officials explained about implementation of Tagaungtaung Nickel project and future work programs.
On the 16th, the Union Minister and party went to State Forestry and Grassland Administration of China head office and discussed MoU signed between Myanmar and China on cooperation in forestry sector development, prevention of illegal timber trade, protection of forests and prevention of forest fire along the border, possibility of cooperation in maintaining bio-diversity, legal timber trade and investment opportunities in developing wood-based industry, technical cooperation programs, development of bamboo and rattan research cooperation, work processes of Asia Pacific Region forest network, maintaining of bio-diversity, forests and wildlife and establishing national parks along China-Myanmar economic corridor and establishment of wood-based industrial zones. In the afternoon, they met with China Forestry Group Corporation general manager and discussed establishment of forest plantations, development of nature based travel business, value adding wood and wood products and establishing wood-based industrial zones.
The Union Minister and party left Beijing on the 17th and arrived back in Yangon by the evening.