It was announced on Monday that 47 companies across Burma have won a portion of a 37,700 million kyat (US $44 million) tender to work on rural development projects in their respective states. A spokesperson from the Rural Development Project Implementation Committee confirmed that 67 tasks will be addressed under the scheme, which includes water distribution, as well as road, bridge and housing construction.

Ninety-seven companies competed for the tender with only eligible associations allowed work on their designated projects.

Calls for transparency in the tender process have been made. A spokesperson from one of the winning companies said, “We should not only be told which company and which association won the tender, but also the total amount of tender price.”

Aung Moe, a retired engineer from the Public Works Department, commented that he hoped this tender would be different to previous schemes: “This time we won’t let things happen like before.” He went on to say that in the past Burma’s tender schemes had differed to other countries, “but now, if there is a flaw or deterioration in the project, the company must take full responsibility.”

The companies that won the tender include: Tawin Soe Nyunt, Naing Min, Meba Ain, Myint Myat Taw Taung Dan, Galone Jait, Shwe Lwin Lwin, Aung Tharaphu, Aye Gabar, Tawin Myint Myat Thu, San Myat Tun, Yoma Myae, Nawna Nyain Chan, Ayeyar Shwe Lin, Swan Arr Pyae, Lingar Depa, Zwel, Han Sein Thant, Aung Myanmar Corporative Association, Myintmoe Lwan, and Pan Khun Mine Nin.

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