Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint promotes local culture at 5th Ethnic Media Conference

 June 26, 2017
Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint and Kayah Region Chief Minister U L Phaung Sho delivered opening speeches at the 5th Ethnic Media Conference held in township hall, Loikaw, Kayah State yesterday morning.

Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint said the Ministry of Information is striving to promote ethnic media and literature.
“Currently, ethnic language programs are broadcast and published from state-owned television, radio and newspapers and we consider it to be our duty to do so,” said the Union Minister. “However, what is being accomplished is still too little and there needs to be more coordination with ethnic media and related state and region governments.”

The Union Minister expressed his hope that ethnic media would also enhance the peace process.

Past ethnic media conferences were held in Mawlamyine, Mon State in 2013, Taunggyi, Shan State in 2014, Haka, Chin State in 2015 and MraukU, Rakhine State in 2016. This year’s conference was hosted by Burma News International and Kantarawaddy Times.

In the afternoon, the Union Minister met with State Chief Minister U L Phaung Sho and state ministers at state government meeting hall and discussed a proposal for a new high-rise building that includes an upscale cinema and community centre on the site of the old Thiri Cinema in Loikaw. On 25 June, the Union Minister visited the proposed building site and saw a television news production shoot. The Union Minister also visited the Information and Public Relations Department of Loikaw District and Dimawhso Township offices where accompanying Ministry of Information Permanent Secretary U Myo Myint Maung, Myanmar Radio and Television Director General U Myint Htway and IPRD Director General U Maung Pe discussed their respective sectors.

Dr. Pe Myint encouraged the gathering to establish a public library and community centre in the long run to promote ethnic literature, culture and literacy.
 State IPRD
Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar

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