State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the Central Committee for Development of Border Areas and National Races, attended a ceremony to open the Upper Namhtwan Hydro Power Plant in Putao, Kachin State yesterday. At the ceremony, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi unveiled the inscription of the hydropower project which is equipped with 3.2 MW to produce 14.3 million kilowatt hours per year and will supply 10 wards in Putao, four wards in Machanbaw and 23 villages around the clock. “Roads and infrastructure are important for connecting all of us and for developing our economy. As I mentioned just now, achieving electrification will not just develop our lives, but also open the path to better opportunities for generations to come,” said State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in her opening speech. “Now that I’m here in Putao, I have seen many different ethnic races living here and this has strengthened the Union spirit deep in my heart. We have to stand together true to this spirit. We are not a powerful or rich country. Not yet. But our country will one day become prosperous and powerful thanks to the efforts of the people and the children of the nation. We will stand with courage and faith at the center stage of the world. Achieving electrification supports communication efforts within the country and with the whole world,”she added.