Copper mine project boosts Myanmar development

Mandalay (People's Daily)-The Monywa coppermine in northern Myanmar and its smaller connected mine, the Letpadaung, haveprovided a major boost for the local government and surrounding area over thelast three years, bringing in millions of dollars and providing thousands withjobs.

The Letpadaung mines main work started onJan. 3, 2015 and its operation turned out to be a major success. In 2016, themine produced a total of 20,000 tons of cathode copper and has since earned theMyanmar government more than $14 million.

Both mines are operated by the WanbaoMining Copper company, a subsidiary of the China North Industries Groupcorporation.

From front-line workers to high-skilledworkers, the Letpadaung project has employed 3,462 Burmese staff, occupying 87percent of the entire project.

A Burmese employee named Saimbo oversees 58workers who are involved in extracting electrowinning, copper stripping, andproduct packaging. He said that working at the mine allows employees to mastercertain types of technology and provides all workers with room forgrowth.

According to statistics from the MyanmarInvestment Commission, China total investment in the country stands at $18billion, which far exceeds investments from other countries and regions.

Myint Naing, the chief minister of theSagaing region, said the economic cooperation between China and Myanmar willsolidify its friendly relations and create a mutually beneficial socialenvironment. He said he looks forward to more Chinese enterprises investing inMyanmar.Sun Guangyong, reporter of the 3 edition of the people's daily in April 19, 2018