Nay Pyi Taw, December 29

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi discussed peace and development affairs with representatives of Kayah State yesterday during her visit to Loikaw.

At the meeting, she expressed her willingness to hold talks not only with youths but also other residents, inviting advice on peace and development in both Kayah State and the Union.

“Advice from the people to work together with each other for eternal peace and development in the Union through achievements in Kayah State are welcomed,” said the State Counsellor.

“Without peace, development is impossible. Without sustainable development, peace cannot be sustainable. Peace and development are dependent on each other,” said the State Counsellor.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi asked the local people to express the special challenges for peace and development in Kayah State, pointing out the country’s education system has not met the international standard in about 50 years.

Regarding economic development, the State Counsellor stressed the important roles of infrastructure, good transportation and power supply in attracting investors.

“If we have good transport infrastructure and sufficient power supply, the economy will be developed. We need skilled workers, technology etc. Our country is facing such challenges,” said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Following her address, local residents expressed their views on peace, education, health, development, ethnic literature and cultural issues in Kayah State.

Before the meeting, State Counsellor visited Dawsunbon Village, which is mostly populated with Kayah ethnic people, where she was welcomed by Kayan (Padaung ethnic people), who presented her with several gifts.