On March 29, 2017, a handing over ceremony of the passenger ship “Kissapanadi 1”, which arrived in Myanmar from Japan, was held at Sittwe Port.
At the handing over ceremony, H.E. U Thant Sin Maung, Union Minister for Transport and Communications, H.E. U Aung Kyaw Zan, Minister for Electricity, Industry and Transport of Rakhine State Government and H.E. Mr. Tateshi Higuchi, Ambassador of Japan to Myanmar, attended the ceremony.
Ambassador H.E. Mr. Tateshi Higuchi said, "Since Rakhine State has many waterways and water transportation is important, we hope that Kisspanady 1 will be helpful for local residents." Union Minister for Transport and Communications H.E. U Thant Sin Maung expressed his gratitude, saying that "Japanese experts studied the routes of Rakhine State and selected the appropriate ship for that route. Thus I would like to thank the Japanese Government for extensive cooperation to Myanmar."
This passenger ship was donated under Japan's Grant Aid for Economic and Social Development Project. In the end, Three passenger ships (two second-hand ships and one newly-built ship in total) will be donated to Rakhine State. There projects aim to facilitate transportation and ensure safety of navigation. The other two ships will be provided later. The total project cost for three passenger ships is approximately 1.5 billion Japanese Yen.
The Government of Japan will provide assistance not only for this project but also for various sectors for Myanmar's peace and economic development.