Rakhine government in Myanmar on Thursday inked two MoUs with the Indian Embassy to facilitate capacity building and economic development in Rakhine State, Mizzima News reports.
According to the report, Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry and Minerals signed an MoU with the Indian Embassy for supplying 15 tractors and 15 crawler harvesters to the State Government.
In another MoU signed between the Department of Social Affairs of the State Government and Indian Embassy, the latter will provide 40 computers and their associated peripherals to the Sittwe Computer University.
The MoUs were signed by U Kyaw Lwin, Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry and Minerals of Rakhine State Government and Dr Chan Thar Minister for Department of Social Affairs, on behalf of their respective Ministries and Vikram Misri, Indian Ambassador to Myanmar on behalf of Embassy of India, Yangon, in presence of Chief Minister of Rakhine State, U Nyi Pu.
Cabinet Ministers from Rakhine State Government, Principal and Teachers from Sittwe Computer University, Peasant Union members and prominent civil society members from Rakhine State were also present on the occasion.
The objective of providing the assistance is to promote agricultural mechanization in Rakhine State and also to promote computer literacy among Rakhine State youth, which will prepare them for employment opportunity in software sector.
The Government of India is committed to a strong development assistance partnership with the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. India and Myanmar have separately entered into an agreement on the Rakhine State Development Programme, under which India is providing US$ 25 million in grant assistance over a period of five years. This assistance is dedicated to projects in Rakhine State, the first of which is a pilot project to build 250 prefabricated houses in Northern Rakhine for displaced members of the Rakhine Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim communities.