President outlines steps for green future

President U Htin Kyaw set out the government’s vision for the country’s transition to a green economy on November 29 in an opening address to the 5th Green Economy Green Growth Forum, held in Nay Pyi Taw. Six broad measures – including promoting the renewable energy sector, changing the public’s consumption habits and developing financial incentives for environmentally friendly innovation – make up the government’s overarching plan for a greener future. “While we are transitioning to a green economy, it will be very important to ensure that the sustainability of natural resources, environmental conservation and environmental management are taken into account when implementing national plans for economic development,” U Htin Kyaw said. A variety of environmental policies and frameworks to support the government’s green economy goals are currently in development, in collaboration with international organisations, the president added. Reduction of carbon emissions and a shift to clean energy were highlighted by the president as major priorities for policy development and strategic commitments, given the global focus on these issues.

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