Seized drugs worth over $300 mln burnt to mark International Drug Day

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President U Win Myint addresses the 2019 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Nay Pyi Taw.  photo: mna

Nay Pyi Taw observed International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at Myanmar International Convention Centre II yesterday.
President U Win Myint delivered a speech on the occasion.
(The full-text of which is covered on Page 4 of today’s GNLM issue).
Next, a message from UNSG was head by UNODC’s Regional Representative Mr. Jeremy Douglas at the event, and Vice President U Myint Swe conferred prizes on the winners of the short novel, article composition and singing contests to mark the event.
Following this, CCDAC Chairman and Union Minister, Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, conferred prizes on winners of the poem, photography and computer poster competitions. A video showing the performances of the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC) was played.

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The President then took documentary photos with the attendees and winners of the various competitions.

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President U Win Myint, Vice President U Myint Swe and officials inspect a drug machine on display at the commemoration event of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking held in Nay Pyi Taw. photo: mna

After the ceremony, the President viewed the photo exhibitions, drug samples, manufacturing machinery and testing equipment on display and observed a drug testing demonstration inside the convention centre.
Also present at the ceremony were Vice President U Myint Swe, Union Ministers Lt-Gen Sein Win, Lt-Gen Ye Aung, Dr Myint Htwe, Dr Win Myat Aye and U Kyaw Tin,Union Attorney-General U Tun Tun Oo, Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman Dr. Myo Aung, Deputy Ministers, members of the Hluttaw Bill Committee, foreign Ambassadors and Military Attachés, representatives of UN entities and INGOs, members of the CCDAC, CSOs, invited guests and other officials.
Activities related to International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was carried out all over Myanmar yesterday, with illegal drugs confiscated within the 2018-2019 period burned in public viewing in Yangon, Mandalay and Taunggyi. The total estimated value of the burned drugs come at K451,746.37742 million (approx. US$301.1642517 million).

(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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