Myanmar witnesses more development during incumbent gov’t: survey

YANGON, July 1 (Xinhua) — Myanmar has witnessed improvement of living condition during the last two years of the government led by the National League for Democracy (NLD), the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday.

With the cooperation of the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank, a government survey was conducted in 296 towns out of 330 between December 2016 and December 2017, which is representative of the union territory, its states and regions as well as urban and rural areas.

The development covered the fields of electricity access, education, accessory ownership and the use of technology.

In 2015, only 3.4 million households had access to electricity in the country. However in 2017, it rose to 4.5 million households with local people using more household appliances, the survey said.

Between 2010 and 2017, the middle school enrollment rate in rural areas increased 20 percent points, while the high school enrollment rate nearly doubled in the rural areas during the same period.

The gap between rural and urban areas in phone ownership expanded during the period following the telecommunication reform in 2014, the report added.

The survey data is able to provide the much needed national data for selected targets of the Sustainable Development Goals as well as formulate a responsive policy for future development of the country, said the UNDP.

The incumbent government took office on April 1, 2016.

Source: Xinhua

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