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High level Myanmar ministers to meet Singapore Cabinet

A delegation of senior Government Ministers from Myanmar will meet in Singapore this week with the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and other top Singaporean Government leaders in a regional knowledge-sharing mission.

Initiated and led by Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the five day study visit will provide an opportunity for the Myanmar Ministers to gain first-hand experience of Singapore's industrial development policies and strategies to attract foreign investment, provide decent productive jobs for people, and to do so in an environmentally sustainable way.

"ESCAP is very excited to have been able to facilitate this opportunity to strengthen the growing economic and development links between Myanmar and rest of the Asia-Pacific region," said Heyzer.

"I want to facilitate shared and sustainable prosperity for our region. My thanks go to both Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, and President U Thein Sein of Myanmar, for their support of this initiative. The focus on sharing of expertise and experience will be an invaluable chance for Singapore to assist the Government of Myanmar to take advantage

of the global resurgence of interest in investing in their economy and future development."

The five-member Myanmar delegation is headed by U Soe Thane, the Union Minister in the President's Office and Chairman of the Myanmar Investment Commission.

As part of the programme in Singapore, the Myanmar leaders will also be briefed on Singapore's experience in developing and managing industrial parks, land use planning, housing policies and technical and vocational education systems.

"This visit is the first in a series of ministerial-level knowledge networking missions being planned by ESCAP," said Dr. Heyzer. "There is such a wealth of policy experience and innovation across our region, and we are working to unlock these knowledge assets by forging closer ties between our least-developed countries and those who have been successful in

building stronger, more inclusive and sustainable economic growth."

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