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PARLIAMENT WATCH >NATIONAL PARLIAMENT> SESSIONS > 12th SESSION (19 JAN - )
 
 
Summary
 
Day
Date
Activity
Details of questions and proposals
1.
19/01/15
Introduced by Speaker Shwe Mann (USDP – Zeyathiri Tsp, Mandalay Division)
• Described plans for 12th session: National Planning Bill, Taxation Bill, Budget Bill, amendments to 2008 constitution
Referendum to amend the 2008 constitution put on record
Submission of National Planning Bill for FY2015-16
• Submitted by National Planning and Economic Development Minister Kan Zaw
Submission of Taxation Bill
• Submitted by Finance Minister Win Shein
Reading of bill amending civil servants’ salaries
• Read by Joint Bill Committee Member Khin Maung Yi (NDF – Ahlone Tsp, Rangoon Division)
2.
20/01/15
Discussion of 10.5 billion yen loan from JICA for telecommunications infrastructure
• Testimony from Deputy Communications and Information Technology Minister Thaung Tin
Approval Approval of Burma’s application for Chemical Weapons Convention membership
• Testimony from Deputy FM Tin Oo Lwin
3.
22/01/15
Reading of message to President Thein Sein urging six-party talks on constitutional amendments
Approval of bill raising MP salaries
• Vote count: 323 yes, 175 no, 15 abstentions
Reading of Joint Bill Committee findings
• Findings recommended amending National Education Law
4.
23/01/15
Approval of agreement to form a regional secretariat for recognition of ASEAN tourism experts
• Testimony from Deputy Hotels and Tourism Minister Tin Shwe
Approval of 10.5 billion yen loan from JICA for telecommunications infrastructure
• Testimony from Deputy Communications and Information Technology Minister Thaung Tin
5.
26/01/15
Testimony from Defense Minister Lt Gen Wai Lwin
• Topic: Defense Ministry budget proposal
Testimony from Finance Minister Win Shein
• Topic: Budget allocations for civil servant and military salaries
Submission of proposed Budget Bill for FY2015-16
• Submitted by Finance Minister Win Shein
Discussion of National Planning Bill
6.
27/01/15
Testimony from Election Commission Member Win Ko
• Requested 43.8 billion kyat budget for elections
Introduction of National Planning Bill and proposed nation budget for FY2015-16
Testimony from Livestock, Fisheries, and Rural Development Minister Aung Myat Oo
• Topic: Livestock, Fisheries, and Rural Development Ministry budget proposal
Testimony from Deputy Communications and Information Technology Minister Win Than
• Topic: Communications and Information Technology Ministry budget proposal
Testimony from Finance Minister Win Shein
• Topic: Financial rules and regulations, development of banking system, foreign loans and interest, Finance Ministry budget proposal
Testimony from Deputy Labor, Employment and Social Security Minister Htin Aung
• Topic: Labor, Employment, and Social Security Ministry budget proposal
7.
28/01/15
Testimony from Electric Power Minister Khin Maung Soe
• Requested 24.7 billion yen loan for JICA to construct power stations in Mandalay and Pegu Divisions
Testimony from Information Minister Ye Htut
• Topic: Information Ministry budget proposal
Testimony from Transport Minister Nyan Tun Aung
• Topic: Transport Ministry budget proposal
Testimony from Culture Minister Aye Myint Kyu
• Topic: Culture Ministry budget proposal
Testimony from Deputy Environmental Conservation and Forestry Minister Aye Myint Maung
• Topic: Environmental Conservation and Forestry Ministry budget proposal
8.
29/01/15
Testimony from Health Minister Than Aung
• Topic: Health Ministry budget proposal
Testimony from Constitutional Tribunal Member Tin Myint
• Topic: Constitutional Tribunal budget proposal
Testimony from Deputy Home Affairs Minister Brig Gen Kyaw Zan Myint
• Topic: Home Affairs Ministry budget proposal
Testimony from Deputy Religious Affairs Minister Maung Maung Htay
• Topic: Religious Affairs Ministry budget proposal
9.
30/01/15
Ceremony marking four-year anniversary of National Parliament
Testimony from Education Ministry official
• Topic: Education Ministry budget proposal
Testimony from Mines Ministry official
• Topic: Mines Ministry budget proposal
Testimony from Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement Ministry official
• Topic: Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement Ministry budget proposal
Testimony from Attorney General’s Office official
• Topic: Attorney General’s Office budget proposal
Approval of loan for 24.7 billion yen from JICA to Electric Power Ministry
10.
02/02/15
Discussion of the referendum on amendments to the 2008 constitution
• Lt Col Ye Naing Oo (Tatmadaw) said that Election Commission should be making independent decisions and should not take responsibilities from National Parliament
Discussion of the voting rights of temporary ID card holders
• Shwe Maung (USDP – Buthidaung Tsp, Arakan State) noted that 1.5 milllion people will lose voting rights if temporary ID card holders are not allowed to vote
• Paung Nap (WDP – Shan-12) said that people in rural areas do not have ID cards and the citizenship process is extremely difficult
• Khin Saw Wai (RNPP – Rathidaung Tsp, Arakan State) argued that temporary ID card holders should not get the privileges of citizenship
• Tun Aung Kyaw (RNPP – Ponnagyun Tsp, Arakan State) said that temporary ID card holders are not citizens and therefore should not get voting rights
Approval of bill granting temporary ID card holders the right to vote in a referendum on constitutional amendments
• Vote count: 328 yes, 79 no, 19 abstentions
11.
03/02/15
Discussion of tax reform plan
• Testimony from Finance Minister Win Shein
• Tin Nwe Oo (NDF – North Dagon  Tsp, Rangoon Division) said that taxation should follow what is laid out in the Income Tax Law
• Tin Maung Oo (USDP – Shwepyithar Tsp, Rangoon Division) said that the tender process takes too long
• Thein Swe (NLD – Irrawaddy-10) warned against misuse of public funds
12.
05/02/15
Testimony from Finance Minister Win Shein
• Topic: Ministry budget proposals for FY2015-16
Testimony from National Planning and Economic Development Minister Kan Zaw
• Topic: National planning report for first half of FY2014-15
Discussion of the Auditor General’s report for FY2013-14
13.
10/02/15
Introduction of a bill to amend the 1961Detention and Contrition Act
14.
16/02/15
Proposal to condemn violence in Shan State
• Proposed by Stephen (USDP – Kengtung Tsp, Shan State)
• Proposal approved
Approval of Joint Public Account Committee’s budget report on FY2014-15
Discussion of Planning and Financial Development Committee’s report on FY2014-15
Reading of Constitutional Tribunal’s verdict declaring temporary ID card holders ineligible to vote in a referendum on constitutional amendments
• Read by Speaker Shwe Mann (USDP – Zeyathiri Tsp, Mandalay Division)
15.
17/02/15
Testimony from Deputy Home Affairs Minister Kyaw Zan Myint
• Topic: Land Utilization Management Central Committee’s progress
• Rangoon Division Farmland Investigation Commission member Kyaw Myint also discussed mismanagement of land investigation bodies
`16.
20/02/15
Approval of Competition Bill
• Bill aimed at protecting people against market speculation
Approval of Inland Waterways Bill
Approval of a state of emergency and martial law in Kokang Self-Administered Zone, Shan State
• Formally requested by President’s Office Minister Aung Min
• Approved without objection
17.
24/02/15
Testimony from Foreign Investment Commission Chairman Zeyar Aung
• Topic: Foreign direct investment during FY2014-15
Testimony from Cooperatives Minister Kyaw Hsan
• Topic: Microloans for farmers and rural businesses
18.
25/02/15
Approval of US$300 million loan from China’s Exim Bank to be used for microloans for farmers and rural businesses
• Testimony from Cooperatives Minister Kyaw Hsan and Deputy National Planning and Economic Development Minister Le Le Thein
Testimony from Deputy Defense Minister Maj Gen Kyaw Nyunt
• Topic: Planned bilateral defense agreement with Serbia
19.
26/02/15
Discussion of National Planning Bill for FY2015-16
• Tin Nwe Oo (NDF – North Dagon Tsp, Rangoon Division) said that emphasis should be placed on the industrial sector
• Khin Thanda (NLD – Tada U Tsp, Mandalay Division) said that compensation must be given for confiscated land, and state-run enterprises that are losing money should be privatized
• Kyi Tha (USDP – Gwa Tsp, Arakan State) said that emphasis should be placed on the agricultural and industrial sectors
• Tin Maung Oo (USDP – Shwepyithar Tsp, Rangoon Division) called for the collection of more taxes and the issuance of citizenship scrutiny cards
• Thein Lwin (USDP – Chauk Tsp, Magwe Division) said that private oil companies monopolize the fuel market
• Dwe Bu (UDPKS – Injangyang Tsp, Kachin State) argued that all ethnic groups should be afforded education and healthcare
Approval of bill amending Mercantile Customs Act
Approval of bill amending Inland Customs Act
Request for implementation of a law  requiring mandatory national military service
• Requested by Kan Nyunt (USDP – Karen-2)
20.
27/02/15
Discussion of National Planning Bill for FY2015-16
• Aung Than (USDP – Shwebo Tsp, Sagaing Division) said that more healthcare workers are necessary to improve healthcare in Burma
• Thein Yi (USDP – Htantabin Tsp, Rangoon Division) said that burdensome regulations on upgrading basic schools make it difficult to improve them
• Zaw Myint Pe (USDP – Mandalay-5) said that the banking system must be upgraded to increase bank usage and to scrutinize government agencies
• Nay Lin (USDP – Seikkan Tsp, Rangoon Division) said that human resources of healthcare workers must be improved
• Myat Nyana Soe (NLD – Rangoon-4) said that the number of staff must be reduced so salaries can increase
21.
05/03/15
Testimony from National Planning and Economic Development Minister Kan Zaw
• Topic: Coordination between outgoing and incoming ministers
• In context of discussion of National Planning Bill for FY2015-16
Testimony from Information Minister Ye Htut
• Topic: Information Ministry profits
• In context of discussion of National Planning Bill for FY2015-16
Testimony from Health Minister Than Aung
• Topic: Health Ministry budget proposal
• In context of discussion of National Planning Bill for FY2015-16
22.
06/03/15
Discussion of project proposals to be included in National Planning Bill for FY2015-16
• Proposal by Electric Power Minister Khin Maung Soe: Improve access to electricity
• Proposal by Deputy Immigration and Population Minister Win Myint: Continuation of citizenship scrutiny cards
• Proposal by Deputy Energy Minister Myint Zaw: Controls on quality of imported fuel
• Proposal by Deputy Industry Minister Myo Aung: Factories, access to foreign markets
• Proposal by Deputy Commerce Minister Pwint Hsan: Year-to-year trade volumes
23.
09/03/15
Approval of signing framework to establish ASEAN Single Window
• Testimony from Finance Minister Win Shein
Discussion of 246 million yuan loan from Chinese Exim Bank for police vehicles and equipment
• Proposed by Deputy Home Affairs Minister Brig Gen Kyaw Zan Myint
24.
11/03/15
Approval of 246 million yuan loan from Chinese Exim Bank for police vehicles and equipment
• Testimony from Deputy Home Affairs Minister Brig Gen Kyaw Zan Myint
Discussion of Revenue Bill
25.
12/03/15
Discussion of Budget Bill for FY2015-16
• Tin Nwe Oo (NDF – North Dagon Tsp, Rangoon Division) mentioned the huge budget deficit and said that unsuccessful state-owned industries harm economic growth
26.
13/03/15
Discussion of SME Development Bill
• Joint Bill Committee presented findings on merging People’s Assembly and National Assembly versions
Discussion of Taxation Bill
• Testimony from Home Affairs Ministry, Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry, Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development Ministry,  Electric Power Ministry, Commerce Ministry, and Mines Ministry officials
27.
16/03/15
Testimony from Environmental Conservation and Forestry Minister Win Tun
• Topic: Environmental Conservation and Forestry Ministry budget proposal
Testimony from Health Minister Than Aung
• Topic: Health Ministry budget proposal
Testimony from Sports Minister Tint Hsan
• Topic: Sports Ministry budget proposal
Testimony from Industry Minister Maung Myint
• Topic: Industry Ministry budget proposal
Testimony from National Planning and Economic Development Minister Kan Zaw
• Topic: National Planning and Economic Development Ministry budget proposal
Testimony from Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement Minister Phone Swe
• Topic: Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement Ministry budget proposal
Q&A with Deputy Immigration and Population Minister Win Myint
• Thein Tun Oo (USDP – Amarapura Tsp, Mandalay Division): Citizenship card issuing project
Proposal to set up a pension fund for retired politicians
• Proposed by Speaker Shwe Mann (USDP – Zeyathiri Tsp, Mandalay Division)
• Rejected by President’s Office
28.
17/03/15
Testimony from Election Commission Member Win Ko
• Topic: Budget for general election
Testimony from Finance Minister Win Shein
• Topic: Defense of the size of budgets for Agriculture and Irrigation Ministry and Livestock, Fisheries and Rural Development Ministry
29.
18/03/15
Update on work of Joint Committee on Scrutinizing National Plans, the Union Budget and Taxation Bills on assessing state-funded projects and loans
• Presented by Committee Chairman Soe Thar (USDP – Twante Tsp, Rangoon Division)
Discussion of adjustments to Budget Bill for FY2015-16
• Tin Maung Oo (USDP – Shwepyithar Tsp, Rangoon Division) said that ministries should be less wasteful and MPs must ensure good governance
• Khin Maung Nyo (USDP – Loikaw Tsp, Karenni State) said that budget reductions may cause problems for affected ministries
• Sandar Min (NLD – Zabuthiri Tsp, Naypyidaw) said that failing projects should be stopped

• Zaw Myint Phe (USDP – Mandalay-5) discussed parliamentary support for ministries
Discussion of SME Development Bill
30.
20/03/15
Proposal for fairer division of resources and power among the central government and states and divisions
• Proposed by Brig Gen Tint Hsan (Tatmadaw)
• Proposal approved
Q&A with Deputy Finance Minister Lin Aung
• Q from Hla Tun (USDP – Chaung U Tsp, Sagaing Division): Account of new salaries for Budget Bill
31.
23/03/15
Testimony from Deputy Industry Minister Thein Aung
• Topic: Transferring allocated budgets between projects
Discussion of Taxation Bill
Testimony from Science and Technology Minister Ko Ko Oo
• Topic: Copyright law
Testimony from Deputy Commerce Minister Pwint Hsan
• Topic: International trading rules and taxation processes
Introduction of Highway Bill
32.
24/03/15

Approval of Taxation Bill

Discussion of Legal Translation Commission Bill and Medical Council Bill
33.
25/03/15
Approval of funds for four projects
• Projects of Border Affairs Ministry, Transport Ministry, and Sagaing Division authorities
Approval of amendments to sections of Legal Translation Commission Bill, Medical Council Bill, and Commercial Tax Bill
Introduction of Port Authority Bill
34.
26/03/15
Testimony from Finance Minister Win Shein
• Topic: Expenditure reduction, increase in  civil servant salaries
Testimony from National Planning and Economic Development Minister Kan Zaw
• Topic: Five-year national development plan
35.
30/03/15
Testimony from National Planning and Economic Development Minister Kan Zaw
• Topic: Additional budgets
• Request for approval of National Planning Bill for FY2015-16
Approval of regular expenditures in Budget Bill for FY2015-16
36.
31/03/15
Approval of Budget Bill for FY2015-16
Testimony from National Planning and Economic Development Minister Kan Zaw
• Topic: Permanent secretary appointment
37.
01/04/15
Testimony from Deputy Construction Minister Soe Tint
• Topic: Supervision of public expenditures on construction projects
Testimony from Deputy Finance Minister Lin Aung
• Topic: Financial management reform
38.
03/04/15
Approval of the appointment of eight additional Election Commission members
Approval of Port Authority Bill
Welcomed the completion of a draft nationwide ceasefire agreement
39.
06/04/15
Approval of Population Control Bill
Approval of Nursing and Midwifery Council Bill
Approval of Inland Waterways Bill
Approval of Farmers’ Rights Protection Bill
Submission of Bill Committee findings
• Findings on SME Development Bill, Highways Bill, Law Translation Commission Bill, and Medical Council Bill
40.
08/04/15
Discussion of MP  accommodation in Naypyidaw
• Testimony from Finance Minister Win Shein and National Planning and Economic Development Minister Kan Zaw
Approval of SME Development Bill
Approval of Highways Bill
Approval of Law Translation Commission Bill
Approval of Medical Council Bill
41.
09/04/15
Proposal to suspend a plan to appoint new permanent secretaries
• Proposed by Myat Nyama Soe (NLD – Rangoon-4)
• Proposal rejected
Testimony from National Planning and Economic Development Minister Kan Zaw
• Topic: Appointment of permanent secretaries; MP accommodation in Naypyidaw
42.
10/04/15
Testimony from Deputy Livestock, Fisheries, and Rural Development Minister Tin Ngwe
• Topic: World Bank loans
 
 
 
 
 
 
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